Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Autographs for sale

Soon 50 years anniversary

An original Dinner Menu card with the Autographs of :
  • J. F. Kennedy - President of the United States 
    He was the most popular Presidents in U.S. history. Shot and killed at the age of 46 in 1963, so there is not many authentic signatures of him. Howevwer there are large amounts of forgeries, and official "Kennedy" autographs were produced by secretaries during his office.
  • Ludwig Ehrhard - Economics Minister of West Germany
  • Willy Brandt - Mayor of West Berlin
  • Franz Josef Strauß - Former Minister of Defense of West Germany
  • Konrad Adenauer - Chancellor of West Germany
  • Dean Rusk - United States Minister of Foreign Affairs
is available for sale.

Dated in Bonn, 1963 June 24, on the day of endorsing the Franco-German Treaty on Organisation and Principles of Cooperation and signing of a charter establishing the German Peace Corps.
Two days before the famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech.

Selling to highest offer 

In case of serious interest please contact:

Attila Horvath

The Menu card (front and back):

The Owner

The Menu card is the property of the family of the waiter who took the opportunity at the dinner that followed the News Conference, and asked the politicians to sign a Menu card.

Political / Historical context

President John F. Kennedy, in Bonn, West Germany, singes the a charter establishing the German Peace Corps, June 24, 1963

News Conference:
Statement by President Kennedy in Bonn, Endorsing the Franco-German Treaty on Organization and Principles of Cooperation, June 24, 1963

The United States never registered any objections to the [French-German] treaty. What I think we are concerned about is the maintenance of the integrity of NATO. And it seemed to me that the form in which the treaty passed the Parliament here in the Federal Republic took very important cognizance of the NATO obligation and the NATO responsibility and the NATO defense. I don’t think that we can find strength in bilateral arrangements that we can in multilateral arrangements.

The reconciliation of France and Germany, I think, is essential to the security of the West. Europe has been torn by civil wars over a good many hundred of years. To end that prospect, to bring France and Germany together, is a matter I would think of the greatest priority to the French and German people and a matter of the greatest interest to us. Twice the United States has been brought into war across the Atlantic because France and Germany were not friends. So I want to make it very clear that we support strongly the reconciliation and the effort at friendship which is being made and has been made over a number of years. We also want to be sure that NATO stays strong, because I think NATO is essentially the security of the Federal Republic, and we regard it as essentially the security of the United States. Those who do not place comparable importance on it, it seems to me, are ignoring history and are over-optimistic of the future.

In the News

Photos from the time: