Lot 62: LEE HARVEY OSWALD Autograph Mother's Day Card Signed Archive of Three Items
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Assassin of President John F. Kennedy Lee Harvey Oswald Signed Mother's Day Card a Warren Commission Exhibit
LEE HARVEY OSWALD, Assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
Lot of Three (3) Items relating to JFK Assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, including:
1. Mother's Day Card Signed, "Love xx / Lee," measuring 3.75" x 7" closed. On front: "For You, Mother, / on Mother's Day," picturing a motorcade of three cards, circa 1910s, filled with flowers, Fine. Printed inside: "Dear Mother, / as the years pass by / And seasons come and go / You keep on / growing dearer still / TO everyone you know / And you're wished / with deeper feeling / Than a message ca express / A Mother's Day that / brings you / Very special happiness!" Penned on verso in unidentified hand "Ex 266" - this was an exhibit in the Warren Commission report but the Commission decided not to publish exhibits 259-269.
2. Original Postal Envelope, measuring 7.25" x 4", personally addressed by Lee Harvey Oswald to his mother, "Mrs. M Oswald / 313 Templeton Dr. / Fort Worth, / Texas." 4 Abraham Lincoln stamp postmarked Santa Ana, California, May 7, 1959. Two plastic tape stains at blank edges. On verson, Mrs. Oswald has penned, "Hon. Jim Wright / Congressman, / 12th Dist / House office bldg." "Hon [blank] Herter / U.S. State Dept / Wash / D.C., and, possibly in another hand, "Hon / Lyndon Johnston [sic] / U.S. Senator / Washington D.C." Wright was Mrs. Oswald's Congressman; Christian Herter had become Secretary of State on April 22, 1959. Lyndon Johnson was one of her two U.S. Senators who, ironically, succeeded to the presidency after her son assassinated President Kennedy.
3. 1956 Printed Christmas Card to Lee Harvey Oswald Signed, "Love xxx / Mother," measuring 5" x 6" closed. Lightly creased. Plastic tape stains and slight paper loss at top edge. On front: "Christmas Greetings / to a Swell Somebody / It's a 'feather in my cap' / To have someone like you." Curiously, a rabbit wearing a real green feather in his cap, jacket and green scarf is depicted. Because of his slight build compared to other Marines, he was sometimes ridiculed. They nicknamed him Ozzie Rabbit, after the Walt Disney cartoon character Oswald the Rabbit.