PRIME MINISTER WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (GREAT BRITAIN) - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 350560
Sale Price $5,525.00
WINSTON S. CHURCHILL
Churchill signs a photograph that shows himself aboard the U.S.S. Franconia.
Photograph signed: "W S Churchill", b/w, 9¾ x 7¾. Winston S. Churchill signed this photograph taken of himself aboard the U.S.S. Franconia (February 11-14, 1945), just after the meeting of the Big Three at the Yalta Conference on the Black Sea (February 5-11). The three major powers were represented by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Russian Commissar Joseph Stalin, and Churchill of Great Britain, who said of the conference, "I have not become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire". Surface creases, otherwise fine condition. Framed to an overall size of 35½ x 18½.
CHURCHILL (1874-1965) became a Member of Parliament in 1901. He successively served as Undersecretary for Colonies (1905-1908), President of the Board of Trade (1908-1910), Home Secretary (1910-1911) and First Lord of Admiralty (1911-1915). Churchill was a Colonel in France in WWI (1916), then Minister of Munitions (1917), Secretary for War and Air (1919-1921), for Colonies and Air (1921) and for Colonies (1921-1922) and was Chancellor of the Exchequer (1924-1929). His inspiring leadership during WWII, especially as Prime Minister (1940-1945, 1951-1955), sustained morale in Britain and helped stimulate resistance in Western Europe. He was knighted in 1953, the year he published his six-volume The Second World War and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Before the war, LORD BEAVERBROOK (William Maxwell Aitken, 1879-1964) had bought control of the "Daily Express" in 1916, introduced the "Sunday Express" in 1918 and acquired the "Evening Standard" in 1923. The newspaper magnate served in Churchill's wartime government as Minister of Aircraft Production and Minister of Supply, earning Sir Winston's high praise for his accomplishments.
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