PxPixel
University Archives

Lot 193

Previous image preload Next image preload

Description:

JFK Assassination Dallas Invitation to Trade Mart, Signed by 17 VIPs from Kennedy's Personal Life & Administration

A vintage invitation to the November 22, 1963 luncheon at the Dallas Trade Mart, an event tragically preempted by assassination, signed by 17 individuals who featured prominently in the life and politics of 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963). The signers include Kennedy's mother, sister, two in-laws, and many staff from his administration including Dean Rusk and James E. Webb. Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist. 

The bifold cream invitation is embossed with printed calligraphy. Four 13-cent John F. Kennedy stamps are affixed to the corners, all cancelled and postmarked from JFK's birthplace of Brookline, Massachusetts or Newport, Rhode Island, where he was married. Two of the postmarks date November 22, 1968, the 5th anniversary of JFK's assassination. One postmark dates June 5, 1969 and one dates June 6, 1969, the last two commemorating the 1st anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's shooting and death. The inner pages are blank. The signatures appear on the last page, which is also printed with invitation serial number 1925. Expected light folds, else near fine. Measures 14" x 9.875" laid out completely flat.

The signers include, from top to bottom:

- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (1890-1995), Kennedy's mother, signed as "Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy"

- Jean Kennedy Smith (1928-2020), Kennedy's youngest sister, signed as "Jean Kennedy Smith"

- Dean Rusk (1909-1994), U.S. Secretary of State during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, signed as "Dean Rusk"

- James E. Webb (1906-1992), Administrator of NASA between 1961-1968, signed as "James E. Webb"

- Mamie Doud Eisenhower (1896-1979), former First Lady and wife of Kennedy's predecessor, 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed as "Mamie Doud Eisenhower"

- Robert S. McNamara (1916-2009), U.S. Secretary of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, signed as "Robert S. McNamara"

- Virginia Joan Kennedy (born 1936), first wife of Kennedy's youngest brother Edward Kennedy, signed as "Joan Kennedy"

- Byron R. White (1917-2002), a Kennedy appointment as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, signed as "Byron R White"

- Janet G. Travell (1901-1997), Kennedy's personal physician between 1960 and his assassination, signed as "Janet Travell, M.D."

- Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. (1915-2011), husband of Kennedy's younger sister Eunice Kennedy and Director of the Peace Corps between 1961-1966, signed as "Sargent Shriver"

- Kenneth P. O'Donnell (1924-1977), Kennedy's close friend, special assistant, and White House Appointments Secretary during the Kennedy administration, signed as "Kenneth O Donnell"

- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1902-1985), Kennedy's appointment as U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam and also Kennedy's erstwhile U.S. Senate and presidential/vice presidential ticket rival, signed as "Henry Cabot Lodge"

- John W. McCormack (1891-1980), a longtime Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for part of Kennedy's term, signed as "John Jay McCormack"

- John A. Schank (?)

- John Jay McCloy (1895-1989), Kennedy's special advisor on disarmament and later a member of the Warren Commission, signed as "John J McCloy"

- Benjamin A. Smith II (1916-1991), who accepted Kennedy's Senatorial seat after the former resigned to assume the presidency, signed as "Ben A. Smith"

- William Willard Wirtz (1912-2010), U.S. Secretary of Labor during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, signed as "Willard Wirtz"

President Kennedy was en route to the Trade Mart (now called the Dallas Market Center) to attend this luncheon when he was shot near Dealey Plaza. The 10-mile route from Love Field through downtown Dallas in a motorcade had been intended as a public relations opportunity. It was interrupted about three miles south of its intended destination--the Trade Mart--when the presidential motorcade raced instead to Parkland Memorial Hospital.

An eerie relic of Kennedyiana from a luncheon the assassinated president never attended, signed by those who loved him and with whom he worked.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

WE PROVIDE IN-HOUSE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!

Accepts online payments

Accepted Forms of Payment

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Money Order / Cashiers Check, Paypal, Personal Check, Visa, Wire Transfer

Shipping

We do our own in-house worldwide shipping!

Applicable shipping and handling charges will be added to the invoice. We offer several shipping options, and remain one of the few auction houses who proudly provides professional in-house shipping as an option to our clients. All items will ship with signature required, and full insurance. Most items are sent via Federal Express, with P. O. Box addresses being sent through USPS. We insure through Berkley Asset Protection with rates of $.70 per $100 of value, among the lowest insurance rates in the industry. Our shipping department cameras document every package, both outgoing and incoming, for maximum security. In addition, we compare our shipping and handling rates against those of other auction houses, to ensure that our charges are among the lowest in the trade.

Upon winning your item(s), you will receive an invoice with our in-house shipping and handling fees included. ***We will ship to the address as it appears on your invoice, unless you inform us otherwise, immediately upon your receipt of invoice***

International shipments: In order to comply with our insurance provider, all international shipments will be sent via Fed Ex and customs paperwork will show a value of $1.00. International buyers should contact our office directly with any questions regarding this policy.

Third Party Shipping Option: If a third party shipper is preferred, the buyer is responsible for contacting them directly to make shipping arrangements. For your convenience, we have provided some recommended shippers. For your protection, we will require a signed release from you, confirming your authorization for us to release your lots to your specified third party Please copy and paste this following link into your browser: http://universityarchives.com/UserFiles/ShippingInfo.pdf. At that point, our responsibility and insurance coverage for your item(s) ceases. Items picked up by third party shippers are required to pay Connecticut sales tax. Items requiring third party shipping due to being oversized, fragile or bulky will be denoted in the item description.

Please see our full terms and conditions for names of suggested third party shippers.


After payment has been made in full, University Archives will ship your purchase within 5 business days following receipt of full payment for item.


Please remember that the buyer is responsible for all shipping costs from University Archives' offices in Wilton, CT to the buyer's door. Please see full Terms and Conditions of Sale.

March 3, 2021 10:30 AM EST

Wilton, CT, US

You agree to pay a buyer's premium of up to 25.0% and any applicable taxes and shipping.

View full terms and conditions

Bid Increments
From: To: Increments:
$0 $99 $10
$100 $299 $20
$300 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $2,999 $200
$3,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,500
$50,000 + $5,000