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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ike sketches a troubling image during a Congressional Leaders meeting

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Ike sketches a troubling image during a Congressional Leaders meeting

Original unsigned pencil sketch by Eisenhower on an 8 x 10.5 off-white sheet with the typed agenda for “Congressional Leaders Meeting [held on] Tuesday, August 20, 1957—8:30 am.” The doodle-inspiring agenda includes “1. Lead and Zinc Legislation [by] the Under Secretary of the Interior 2. Veterans Housing [by] Dr. Saulnier…6. House Report [by] Congressman Martin.” Eisenhower drew a large nuclear insignia with an arrow diagonally piercing it in the center of the paper. Along the left edge, he drew a long table, adding another small table at upper right. The right margin bears several check marks, while the lower left corner bears an addition equation. According to California Congressman Jack A. Anderson, Eisenhower’s Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Special Administrative Assistant, Ike would often doodle while in meetings, using the agenda, note pads, or loose pieces of paper. After Eisenhower would complete a sketch, he would slip it underneath the blotter at his place at the Cabinet table. For a while, Anderson collected these sketches, but Eisenhower soon began to take the sketches with him and either throw them away or destroy them. In fine condition, with a couple of light intersecting folds and creases, and a bit of light soiling. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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  • Dates: #377 - Ended October 12, 2011

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