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Item 80 - Lyndon B. Johnson Catalog 543 (Jan 2019)

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Estimate: $1,000.00 +
Sold Price: $1,251.25 (includes buyer's premium)


Historic dipping pen used by President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (S. 2642). The official 'bill signer' Esterbrook pen measures 6.25″ long and features a black plastic grip with a Lucite handle imprinted with "The President—The White House." The pen is mounted, matted, and framed with a printed copy of the act to an overall size of 11.75 x 17.75; the original mat bears a calligraphic description: "One of the pens used by President Lyndon Johnson, August 20, 1964, to sign S. 2642, An Act to mobilize the human and financial resources of the Nation to combat Poverty in the United States.” In fine condition, with some light wear to the frame. From the estate of Donald Carmichael. Accompanied by a matted and framed display entitled "War on Poverty, The White House Front, May 10, 1967," 18 x 36, featuring three photos of President Johnson on the day of the signing, with the mat bearing a calligraphic description below each image: "In the Cabinet Room," "With the President in the Rose Garden, The Business Leadership Advisory Council," and "The President talks of the good done by National Youth Administration in Texas back in New Deal Days."  From the estate of Donald Carmichael.

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