PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED - HFSID 256968
Sale Price $2,550.00
JOHN F. KENNEDY
Four authenticated strands of hair removed from a lock of the President's hair in July 1963
Ephemera Unsigned: affixed to a 7¼x10¼ sheet bearing a printed photograph of the President. Headed: "Genuine Hair Lock of John Fitzgerald Kennedy/(1917-1963)". Provenance typed at upper right corner: "'On one occasion, on a Sunday afternoon in July 1963, after giving the President a haircut...I collected the hair that I had cut to save as a momento [sic]. Who would have dreamt that in a few short months, the head upon which President Kennedy's hair grew in such abundance would be so cruelly destroyed?'-Harry Gelbart, Barber to John Kennedy". Imprinted at lower right of the sheet is a photograph, color, 3x2½, showing JFK in his open car in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, the day he was assassinated. Kennedy, who was riding with his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Texas Governor John B. Connally and his wife in Dallas, was struck by two bullets - one passed through his neck and struck Governor Connally in the back, the other struck the President in the head. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), a decorated US Navy veteran of World War II, represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives (1947-1953) and Senate (1953-1960). In 1957, he was named to the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee. During his first term as U.S. Senator, Kennedy co-wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage while recovering from back surgery. The book discusses eight times in U.S. history where a U.S. Senator stood up for what he thought was right, no matter what his party or the public had to say. Kennedy went on to become the nation's 35th President. Sadly, his tenure in the Oval Office was cut short by the infamous assassination in Dallas Texas, on November 22, 1963, subject to numerous conspiracy theories in the decades since. Harry Gelbart, a Beverly Hills barber known as the "Tiffany of Barbers", cut the hair of JFK, his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and a host of celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Cary Grant, Orson Wells, David O. Selznick, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, Spencer Tracy, Jack Benny and Groucho Marx. He was the father of Larry Gelbart, who wrote for Sid Caesar's TV show, created M*A*S*H and wrote the successful Broadway play, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Images slightly grainy. Fine condition.
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