Rare FDR ALS as President, "I, too, have been collecting source material for many years—mostly U. S. Navy." A Fantastic Piece of Presidential History.

Roosevelt ALS as President dated February 19, 1934, written to Frank C. Deering, a member of the American Antiquarian Society and noted bibliophile.  7" x 8.75". Deering is considered one of the great collectors of early Americana.  Boldly signed by FDR as "Franklin D. Roosevelt." Flattened folds, toning and foxing, else fine. Accompanied by the front cover of the original mailing envelope filled out entirely in President Roosevelt's hand. 

The letter reads:

"Dear Mr. Deering,

Some day I shall hope to have the pleasure of seeing your collection. I, too, have been collecting source material for many years - mostly U.S. Navy.

Sincerely yours,

Franklin D. Roosevelt"

Although Franklin D. Roosevelt was better known as an avid stamp collector, he also spent much of his spare time dedicated to a massive American naval history collection, primarily composed of prints, engravings, and paintings.

FDR's collection of naval artwork earned renewed national interest in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy initiated an exhibition dedicated to it at the National Archives, organized under the name "The Old Navy, 1776-1860: An Exhibit of Prints and Watercolors from the Naval Collection of Franklin D. Roosevelt." Kennedy also published a fascinating article in the August 10, 1962 issue of Life Magazine, detailing his impressions of the collection and describing Roosevelt's collecting habits. In closing, JFK observed: ''The Old Navy' is thus evidence of the collecting passion of an extraordinary President. But it is much more than this. It is, as Roosevelt intended it should be, a reminder of the strength and style of our naval tradition.

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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