Two items: a vintage glossy 8 x 6.5 Associated Press wirephoto of the star sprinter, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To Joyce & Ken—My Best Wishes to two wonderful people, Jesse Owens"; and a TLS, one page, State Athletic Commission of Illinois letterhead, June 12, 1953, in part: "I will always endeavor to do my utmost for the underprivileged. I have been and am very busy trying to assist the more unfortunate, as I feel a certain pride in doing a good job of it." In very good to fine condition, with scattered light creasing to the homemade deckle-edged photo, and an area of light toning to the letter. Accompanied by an unsigned candid photo of Owens.
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