Lot #3011
Harry S. Truman and Thomas Dewey Signed Front Page of the Chicago Daily Tribune Newspaper

"Dewey Defeats Truman"—a one-of-a-kind Chicago Daily Tribune front page dual-signed by the 1948 presidential candidates

Estimate: $15000+

Description

"Dewey Defeats Truman"—a one-of-a-kind Chicago Daily Tribune front page dual-signed by the 1948 presidential candidates

Incredibly rare front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune of November 3, 1948, 16.5 x 23.25, featuring the iconic banner headline "Dewey Defeats Truman," signed below their respective surnames in black ink by the two candidates: "Truman hasn't found it out, Harry S. Truman" and "Thomas E. Dewey." Rolled and in very good to fine condition, with small areas of paper loss, and expertly reinforced via professional silking to both sides.

When the decision to print this paper was made, returns were coming in very slowly and time was running out before the deadline for the edition. The Tribune staff, based on the early returns, decided Dewey would be the next President. After the newspaper was delivered to the street, more returns came in and showed that Truman would in fact be reelected, winning the electoral vote with a 303-189-39 majority over Dewey and Dixiecrat candidate Strom Thurmond. Widely regarded as the most notorious journalistic blunder in the history of American newspapers, the 'Dewey Defeats Truman' front page holds a unique place amongst the long list of famous front page headlines. This example being signed by its two subjects can be chalked up as an inconceivably rare occurrence-we have never before offered a Truman-Dewey dual-signed item-and cause for great excitement within both periodical and presidential circles.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
  • Dates: #638 - Ended June 23, 2022





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