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An extraordinary grouping of material surrounding the 1953 and 1957 inaugurations of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard M. Nixon, all originating from the estate of ARTHUR EISENHOWER (1886-1958), a Kansas City banker and Dwight's oldest surviving brother. Foremost is the six-page printed text of Eisenhower's January 20, 1953 inaugural address inscribed at top to Arthur: "To my brother Arthur - a souvenir of Jan. 20, 1953 - with affectionate regards Dwight D. Eisenhower". His address reads in part: "... Since this century's beginning, a time of tempest has seemed to come upon the continents of the earth. Masses of Asia have awakened to strike off shackles of the past. Great nations of Europe have fought their bloodiest wars. Thrones have toppled and their vast empires have disappeared. New nations have been born...we have had to fight through the forests of the Argonne, to the shores of Iwo Jima, and to the cold mountains of Korea...Are we nearing the light—a day of freedom and of peace for all mankind? Or are the shadows of another night closing in upon us?...Americans, indeed all free men, remember that in the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy a burden as a prisoner's chains...We reject any insinuation that one race or another, one people or another, is in any sense inferior or expendable...The peace we seek, then, is nothing less than the practice and fulfillment of our whole faith among ourselves and in our dealings with others. This signifies more than the stilling of guns, easing the sorrow of war. More than escape from death, it is a way of life. More than a haven for the weary, it is a hope for the brave..." Among the items from the 1953 proceedings is Arthur Eisenhower's invitation to the inaugural ball; eight passes for press, messengers, Pennsylvania Ave. access, etc.; programs for the Inauguration, Inaugural Ball, Inaugural Festival, Senate Inaugural luncheon, Inaugural Concert and Inaugural Parade; Richard Nixon photo and autopen signed calling card; an official guide book; order of the inaugural parade, and a set of 26 8" x 10" photos of the inaugural parade, swearings-in, and festivities. Items from the 1957 inauguration include programs for the inauguration, ceremonies, the Inaugural Ball, and the Senate's Inaugural Luncheon; Arthur Eisenhower's invitation to the Inaugural Ball; official printing of the inaugural address; ten 8" x 10" b/w photos, and copies of newspaper headlines. A very complete inaugural grouping with the superlative signed first inaugural address. Fine.
Estimate $ 3,000-4,000

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