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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1942 Christmas Gift

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1942 Christmas Gift

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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1942 Christmas Gift

Quality black leather folder given to Dorothy Dow by President Roosevelt as a Christmas gift in 1942, embossed in gold with a presentation inscription on the front, “Christmas, 1942, from F. D. R.” The folder measures 3 x 6.75 and features two inside pockets. In fine condition. Includes a letter of provenance on a White House card from Dow, in part: “The Christmas 1942 leather wallet was a gift to me from the President. I worked as a secretary for the Roosevelts from 1933–1945.” In 1984, Dorothy Dow authored a book on her relationship with the first family entitled, Eleanor Roosevelt, An Eager Spirit: Selected Letters of Dorothy Dow, 1933-1945. Further information regarding the rarity of this White House Christmas gift may be found in Mary Evans Seeley’s book Season’s Greetings. The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities Auction
  • Dates: #447 - Ended February 18, 2015