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“One of the most rewarding aspects of our trips throughout the country
comes from the opportunity of meeting the wonderful people of our land . . .”
Thelma Catherine “Pat” Ryan Nixon, 1912-1993. First Lady of the United States, 1969–1974. Official 8” x 10” White House photograph inscribed and signed With our appreciation and best wishes, / Patricia Nixon, and Typed Letter Signed, Patricia Nixon, one page, 6¼” x 9½”, on engraved, blind-embossed stationery of The White House, [Washington, D.C.], August 5, 1971. With original White House mailing envelope.
In 1970, Mrs. Nixon traveled from Chicago to Minooka, Illinois, outside of Joliet, aboard the Rock Island Railroad. She rode in a special car, Parlor Car # 101 of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway, at the end of the train. A year later, a lady from Chicago wrote to tell Mrs. Nixon that her nephew—whom she did not name—had been the brakeman who served the special train and to ask whether Mrs. Nixon could send “some little memento that could be passed on to his children.”
Mrs. Nixon dutifully obliged. She sent this official color White House photograph of herself and President Nixon standing before the colonnade outside of the Oval Office. She inscribed it—without a name—and signed it “With our appreciation and best wishes, / Patricia Nixon.” In a cover letter, sending the photograph “for your nephew and his family,” she wrote, in part: “I was most pleased to have your thoughtful letter and to learn that your nephew served as the brakeman on the train I rode while visiting Illinois. One of the most rewarding aspects of our trips throughout the country comes from the opportunity of meeting the wonderful people of our land who proudly perform such valuable services.”
These items are being offered for sale for the first time here. They come with the original White House mailing envelope, which still has the cardboard insert that protected the items during mailing, and a carbon file copy of the Chicago lady’s letter to Mrs. Nixon.
The photograph has the White House back stamp showing that the image was taken September 28, 1969, during the first year of the Nixon presidency. Mrs. Nixon has inscribed and signed it in blue. The ink beaded somewhat on the pebbled surface of the photo but nevertheless is strong. There are a couple of faint rub marks in a dark area of the photo that are perceptible only if the light strikes them at the right angle. The photograph is in very fine to extra fine condition.
The accompanying cover letter is pristine. Mrs. Nixon has likewise signed it in blue. The letter was mailed flat, and so it has never been folded. It is in extra fine condition.
These items are nice mementos of a lovely First Lady. They would make a beautiful framed display.
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