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Ida S. McKinley

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Ida Saxton McKinley, 1847-1907.  First Lady of the United States, 1897-1901.  Very scarce free frank, Mrs. Ida S. McKinley, on a small black-bordered envelope, February 6, 1905. 

This envelope contained a letter, which was written and signed by Mrs. McKinley's nurse, thanking the recipient for writing to send Mrs. McKinley a newspaper clipping. Mrs. McKinley has signed the envelope, which is addressed in the nurse's hand, in the upper left corner. 

Mrs. McKinley's free franks are very scarce.  We have found only six sold in the last eight years.  In The First Ladies of the United States:  An Historical Look at Each and Their Autograph Materials 1789-1989, Walter Ostromecki, Jr., says that only upwards of 50 are known.

Included with this free frank are both the nurse's letter, which is on Mrs. McKinley's personal engraved stationery, and Mrs. McKinley's black-bordered calling card.

Mrs. McKinley has signed in brown ink.  The signature was somewhat affected when the envelope was torn—the tear touches the tops of the “M" on “Mrs.” and the capital letters “I,” “S,” and “M" in her signature. Overall the envelope is in good condition, and the accompanying pieces are very fine. 




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