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1113902

United States Supreme Court

Circa 1972-1975

Color photograph of the Burger Court, signed for an official of the American Judicature Society,

including two Chief Justices and renowned Justices Douglas, Brennan, and Marshall

Supreme Court of  the United States, 1972–1975.  Formal portrait of the Supreme Court, signed by Chief  Justice Warren E. Burger and all eight Associate Justices, Warren E. Burger, W O Douglas, Wm J. Brennan, Jr., Potter Stewart, Byron R. White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell Jr., and William H. Rehnquist.

This photograph bears the autographs of two Chief Justices—the sitting Chief Justice, Burger, and his successor, Rehnquist.  It is an approximately 10” x 14” color portrait of the Supreme Court that dates from the period between January 7, 1972, when Rehnquist and Justice Lewis F. Powell took their seats, through November 12, 1975, when Justice William O. Douglas retired.  Because of Douglas’ partial paralysis toward the end of his tenure, the photograph likely comes from earlier during that period rather than later.  It bears the legend the supreme court of the united states beneath the Justices’ image and has been mounted to a larger mount on which all nine have signed.

The photograph comes from the estate of Donald Perser, who was Assistant Director and the Director of Membership of the American Judicature Society. 

The signature of Chief Justice Burger is faded but readable, and that of Justice Harry Blackmun is somewhat faded but nevertheless sufficiently dark.  The other signatures are all dark.  There are traces of erased pencil markings where the Justices’ names were penciled beneath the locations where they were asked to sign.  The photograph is in fine condition. 

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