Lyndon Johnson
Texas, December 24 & 29, 1971
LBJ & Lady Bird Typed Letters Signed to Fashion Designer Adele Simpson
A pair of letters addressed to fashion designer Adele Simpson signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife Lady Bird Johnson. The first, signed "L.B. J.", thanks the designer for a gift of golf balls, while the second, signed "Lady Bird" with an additional inscription, thanks Simpson for a package that included a gold evening purse. Both letters have expected mail folds and are boldly signed. Very fine overall.

1. Lyndon B. Johnson Typed Letter Signed. 1p, measuring 7" x 8.75", Austin, Texas, dated December 29, 1971. In part: "I'm appreciating your thoughtfulness now and will have good reason to through many a 1972 gold game and well beyond. The golf balls are excellent…and personalized and in such abundant supply!..."
2. Lady Bird Johnson Typed Letter Signed. 1p, measuring 6.5" x 8.5", Stonewall, Texas, dated December 24, 1971. In part: "I only wish you could have been here when I opened your package today -- for then you would have heard my squeals of delight! I am mad about your gold evening purse and think I'm so very lucky to have such a dear friend..." With a handwritten inscription as a postscript that reads, "Will you be at any Texan stores this Spring? If you ever are do let me know."

Adele Simpson (1903-1995) was an American fashion designer with a successful career that spanned nearly five decades. She studied design at the Pratt Institute and became head designer for Ben Gershel (a prominent 7th Ave ready-to-wear fashion house) after graduation. Her designs became highly sought after in the U.S. and were frequently showcased in the media and department stores. She would go on to dress First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Barbara Bush during her long career. She also designed the matching yellow dress, hat, and street-length coat that Lady Bird wore to her daughter's 1966 wedding.

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.


  • 7" x 8.75"
  • Artist Name:
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Medium:
  • TLS

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