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Eleanor Roosevelt

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The First Lady sends a signed The White House card

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884–1962.  First Lady, 1933–1945.  The White House card signed Eleanor Roosevelt as First Lady.  With original mailing envelope.

This is a nice The White House card that Eleanor Roosevelt signed in 1940.  The original mailing envelope that accompanies it  is postmarked July 3, 1940.

As First Lady, Eleanor advocated the rights and needs of the poor, minorities, and the disadvantaged.  She traveled extensively, often serving as eyes and ears for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  During the Great Depression, she visited relief projects and surveyed working and living conditions across the country.  During World War II, she visited England and the South Pacific to foster good will among the Allies and boost the morale of American servicemen.  Her extensive work during World War II is detailed in Doris Kearns Goodwins No Ordinary Time. 

In 1935, she began a syndicated column, My Day, which she continued to write until shortly before she died.  She also remained active in public life after FDR died in 1945.  President Harry S. Truman appointed her to the United States Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, a position she held until 1953.  She chaired the United Nations Human Rights Commission during the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the U.N. General Assembly adopted in 1948.  She also corresponded frequently with Truman, who, like FDR, sometimes thought her pushy but still appreciated and respected her viewpoint.  Her fascinating correspondence with Truman is compiled in Eleanor and Harry, published in 2002.

This card is perfect for framing.  Mrs. Roosevelt has signed it nearly in the center with a large, black fountain pen signature.  There are two small spots of tape remnants on the back, one at each end, from prior mounting.  Stains from the tape show through very slightly, but not obtrusively, to the front.  The accompanying mailing envelope has a bold Washington, D.C., postmark and is opened cleanly at the top.  It shows a bit of handling, and there are tape remnants near the corners on the back.  Both of the pieces are in fine condition.

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