PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 02/29/1968 CO-SIGNED BY: FIRST LADY LADY BIRD JOHNSON - HFSID 281210
Sale Price $850.00
LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON and LADY BIRD JOHNSON
This large 13¼x10 color photo of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson in formal dress was signed by them in 1968, the last year of Johnson's presidency, to Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. and his wife Erika Mattfeld Kirk. Framed to 15x12 in a blonde wood frame.
Inscribed photograph signed "For Governor and Mrs. Kirk - it was a pleasure having/you with us - Lady Bird Johnson/February 29-1968" in black ink and "Lyndon B Johnson" in brown ink. Color, 13¼x10 (visible) photo, 7½x11¼ image. Framed to 15x12 in a blonde wood frame. Shown with the Johnsons are CLAUDE R. KIRK, JR., born in 1926, the Governor of Florida from 1967 to 1971, and his second wife ERIKA MATTFELD KIRK. LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON (1908-1973, born near Stonewall, Texas) became the 36th U.S. President (1963-1969) upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy, under whom Johnson had served as Vice Presidentfrom 1961 to 1963. Johnson had previously served as a U. S. Representative (1937-1949) and U. S. Senatorfrom Texas (1949-1960, resigning upon being elected Vice President). Johnson declined to run for a second term in 1968 due to the escalation of the Vietnam conflict. Born Claudia Alta Taylor, LADY BIRD JOHNSON (1912-2007) received her nickname after the family nursemaid, Alice Tittle, remarked that the baby of Thomas and Minnie Taylor was "as purty as a little lady bird". On Nov. 6, 1934, she married Lyndon Baines Johnson in San Antonio, Texas. Lady Bird was a shrewd businesswoman who parlayed a small inheritance into a multimillion-dollar fortune in addition to raising the couple's two daughters, Lynda Bird and Luci Baines. Both married while their father was President (1963-1969) and Lady Bird was pursuing an active role as First Lady (she is best known for actively promoting national beautification projects). Following her husband's term, the Johnsons returned to their Texas ranch, where LBJ died in 1973 (the couple had been married for 39 years and 66 days at the time of his death). On Dec. 22, 2006, Mrs. Johnson celebrated her 94th birthday; she died in July 2007.Among First Ladies, only Bess Truman, who died at 97 in 1982, has lived longer. Frame is not in Gallery of History style. Items were not evaluated outside matte. "As is" purchase. Lightly toned and creased. Light tear at left edge of photo. Light creased in bottom left corner. Glass over photo is lightly scratched (does not show head-on) and dirty, with adhesive residue near bottom edge. Light dents on frame. Otherwise in fine condition.
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