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    1946 President Harry S. Truman Signed Photograph. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in command, but barely into his final presidency term, FDR passed away in April of 1945. Succeeding him was his Vice President Harry S. Truman, who walked into the middle of World War II. Although Germany surrendered just weeks into his term, the war with Japan was increasing. It was Truman who made the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, sparing a U.S. ground invasion but marking one of the most controversial decisions in history. However, it put a quick end to the war, which gave Truman the boost needed to win a close re-election to a second term. As one war ended, another began, with the start of the Cold War with Russia, a black mark against Truman's reputation.

    The offered lot is a 1946 U.S. Army Signal Corps original photograph apparently taken from Truman's own archives. An included letter from Matthew Connelly, Secretary to the President, states that, "The President was delighted to inscribe one of his photographs to you and I am enclosing it herewith." The addressee matches the name of the inscription on the photograph, giving this item excellent provenance. The photograph has creases and a couple of deep indentions, but remains a solid good condition. The signature rates a nice 9/10 on this 8x10" picture. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    15th-17th Thursday-Saturday
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