PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON - INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED 04/06/1917 - HFSID 16509
Sale Price $1,190.00
SIGNED THE DAY THE U.S. ENTERED WWI
WOODROW WILSON. Photo Mount inscribed and signed: "To my fellow Jerseyman, John P. Wall, April 6, 1917/Woodrow Wilson" as President. B/w, 9½x12¾ overall, image 6½x9¼ (three surfaces). Harris & Ewing photograph signed the day Congress declared war on Germany and the U.S. entered WWI.Wilson has written the inscription on a sheet beneath the photograph that is affixed to the photographer's mount, where he has signed. In a Special Session of Congress held four days earlier, on April 2, 1917, President Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war, stressing that "the world must be made safe for democracy". Four days later, Congress overwhelmingly passed the War Resolution that brought the U.S. into WWI. Woodrow Wilson won the 1919 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end the war and the founding of the League of Nations. The President and former New Jersey Governor has inscribed this photograph to New Jersey lawyer and historian JOHN P. WALL, who later edited History of Middlesex County, 1664-1920 (1921) and Chronicles of New Brunswick, 1667-1931 (1931). Photo, which is silvered at background but not at facial image, is lightly rippled. 1½-inch surface scratch at upper left blank background, overall fine condition. Inscription mount is slightly rippled and creased at the "P" in Wall's name, with a 1x½-inch chip at lower left corner. Photographer's imprint on signature mount is shaded, just touching the bottom of the first "W" in Wilson's signature. Overall, fine condition.
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