PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - EPHEMERA SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: FIRST LADY NANCY DAVIS REAGAN - HFSID 277259
Sale Price $637.50
RONALD and NANCY DAVIS REAGANThe Presidential couple and sign a strip of leather for a family he befriended as Governor. Inscribed and signed: "To Our Friend Buzzy/Ronald Reagan/Nancy Reagan". Signed on the smooth side of a lightly tooled strip of leather (6¼x2¼). Accompanied by two items: 1) an unsigned, captioned newspaper photo (b/w, 7x6) of Reagan receiving a gift of a belt and belt buckle from San Diego Mayor (and future California Governor) Pete Wilson during a Hollywood fund-raiser for Wilson's (successful campaign for the US Senate (1982); 2) an unsigned pencil note (unknown hand), on cardboard (6¼x3¾) containing maxims about aging, one of which originated with Mark Twain but is commonly attributed to President Reagan: "Age is a matter of mind. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter," and what appear to be instructions: "1985" and "Use this one for 1986." A pencil design (unknown hand) of reversed letter "R"s, drawn on a 4¼x2 slip affixed with clear tape to the cardboard. In 1972, during his second term as Governor of California, Ronald Reagan learned of the Sisco family, two sisters (Samueline and Bertha) who supported themselves and their brother Joseph "Buzzy" Sisco (1929-1984), seriously disadvantage by childhood diseases, by engraving leather goods. (Buzzy himself crafted much admired cotton-stuffed dolls.) While ensuring that the Sisco's received the state funds to which they were entitled, Reagan also began exchanging personal gifts and correspondence with the family. This friendship continued after Reagan entered the White House. The pencil mottos and design merit further research. Were they used in crafting a belt engraving for President Reagan? RONALD REAGAN (1911-2004) became a Republican Party icon who led the party's retaking of the Oval Office in 1980. Before he won the job of Commander in Chief, Reagan served as the Governor of California (1967-1975) and was a television and film actor. He made his screen debut as a young man in crime drama Love Is on the Air (1937). Reagan's dozens of other credits include many appearances on General Electric Theater (1953-1962) and films like Knute Rockne All American (1940) and Bedtime for Bonzo (1951). In a professional leadership role, Reagan was elected to be President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1947 to 1952, and then again from 1959 to 1960. As leader of SAG, Reagan testified to the House Un-American Activities Committee concerning suspected Communists and Communist sympathizers in Hollywood. It was also in this position that he met Nancy Davis, who he would marry in 1952. They stayed together until his death in 2004. During his tenure in the Oval Office, Reagan administration policies reformed the United States tax system and escalated the Cold War. He also survived an assassination attempt and began the War on Drugs. NANCY DAVIS REAGAN (1921-2016) was an actress and First Lady who married U.S. President and actor Ronald Reagan in 1952. When both were actors, she noticed that her name was on the Hollywood blacklist, associating her with the Communist Party. An affiliation with the Communist Party would mean the end of her career, so she consulted with film director Mervyn LeRoy. LeRoy connected her with Screen Actors Guild President Ronald Reagan in 1949, who assured her that there were multiple actresses named Nancy Davis and that he would make sure her name was removed from the blacklist. As an actress, Nancy appeared in film and television roles including The Next Voice You Hear… (1950) and Hellcats of the Navy (1957).The latter film is the only film collaboration between Nancy and Ronald. The two also appeared in an episode of the Zane Grey Theatre (1956-1961) together in 1961. She became the First Lady of California (1967-1975) and the First Lady of the United States (1981-1989) as her husband became an elected official. In the White House, Nancy became an influential force. She renovated the White House and, following an assassination attempt in 1981, threw herself into protecting the President. Her influence on the decision-making process for the President was unprecedented. As First Lady, she also launched the “Just Say No” anti-drug program. Nancy Reagan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. The inscribed leather script has very faint surface cracks, touching each of the Reagan's signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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