Lot #32
Harry S. Truman Signed Inauguration Photograph

Harris & Ewing photograph of President Truman's inauguration, signed by the ceremony's leading men
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Estimate: $2500+


Harris & Ewing photograph of President Truman's inauguration, signed by the ceremony's leading men

Vintage matte-finish 9.25 x 7.25 Harris & Ewing photo of the second inauguration of President Harry S. Truman, displayed in its original 13 x 11.75 studio folder, signed on the mat in fountain pen, "Harry S. Truman," "Fred M. Vinson," "Stanley Reed," "Dean Acheson, January 20, 1949," and "Charles Elmore Cropley." In very good to fine condition, with a vertical bend and light silvering to the image, and wear and old mounting residue to the presentation folder. Accompanied by an invoice from Goodspeed's Book Shop, dated 1976.

At President Truman's second inauguration on January 20, 1949, Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson administered the presidential oath of office, while Justice Stanley Forman Reed administered the vice-presidential oath of office. Cropley was clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States, and responsible for holding the Bible while Truman took his oath. Dean Acheson, who served in Truman's cabinet as Secretary of State and played a central role in defining American foreign policy during the Cold War, observed the ceremonies from stage right. A decidedly historic photograph boasting a rarely seen combination of signatures.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021

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