John F. Kennedy, Jr. Birth Gift Given to Jacqueline & President Kennedy - A Lovely Satin Padded Booklet "A Keepsake for Baby"
Adorable satin padded "A Keepsake for Baby" booklet gifted to President-elect John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy upon the birth of their son John F. Kennedy, Jr., on November 25, 1960. Created by Paramount, the booklet measures 3.5 x 6.5, and is inscribed on the front paste-down, "[From Mrs. Raymond McNeil, 70 Portland St. Rochester, N. H]". The last page of the booklet, reserved as "Baby's Last Picture," features a small affixed image of John and Jacqueline Kennedy at the "John Jr. Christening." In fine condition.Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Mary Barelli Gallagher, the secretary to Senator John F. Kennedy and then later to First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
"This baby gift is one of the many gifts that had arrived daily to the home of President—Elect and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, 3307 N St. N. W., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. on the occasion of John Jr.'s Birth. .. Mrs. Kennedy would ask that I prepare a letter of thanks to the sender for her to sign, and this is one of the gifts that she offered me to take home. I donated the vast majority of these gifts to various charities, others I gave away to friends, relatives, etc., keeping the more interesting ones, such as this, for myself (as told in Chapter 8 - "John-John," pages 61-62, of my book that is referenced below)"
Provenance: Ex-Bonhams March 9, 2017 sale; Ex-Mary Barelli Gallagher.
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.
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