Mar 19, 2015 - Sale 2376

Sale 2376 - Lot 103

Price Realized: $ 17,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
"THIS RALLY MARKS THE OFFICIAL BEGINNING OF THE 1960 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN" KENNEDY, JOHN F. Typescript, unsigned, with scattered holograph annotations, reading copy of the speech he delivered at the San Francisco International Airport on September 3, 1960. Over 50 holograph words, mostly short phrases written between printed lines, including 9 lines of notes on blank verso of terminal page concerning plans to visit L.A. and Detroit, and mentioning "Soapy" [G. Mennen Williams?]. The printed text is identical to the text issued by JFK's press office. 9 pages, 4to, printed on rectos only of separate sheets; bottom inch of terminal page torn away (without affecting printed text, but truncating holograph notes), two punch holes in upper margin of each page, staples holes at upper left, minor staining at upper left of first page. Np, circa 3 September 1960

Additional Details

Following the first sentence is a holograph addition: "And I think it is appropriate that we begin this in California." Also on first page are holograph alternatives to the printed phrase "water down medical care": "oppose" and "halt sound plans." On the second page, the holograph "American people" is substituted for "voters." In addition to a few scattered minor changes, on the verso of the terminal page are written some holograph notes, which have been crossed out: "Do you think / it is a mistake to go to L.A. / (1) Check Detroit--unless it / is really something--I would / rather cancel & take my / chances. / (2) If it cant be done lets ask / Soapy when we--".
The printed text includes the following lines: "[T]here are new leaders, new nations, new weapons of destruction. The balance of power is shifting. The gap between rich and poor is growing. And the world in which we are only a tiny minority is restless, watching and on the move.
"We must move, too. This Nation is ready to start moving again. Our vacation is over. . . . We are ready to face the facts, to shoulder our burdens, to tackle the job of building a new and better world beyond the New Frontier. . . ."
with--printed press release issued by the Press Office of Senator John F. Kennedy, Democratic National Committee, containing the text of the speech, with the following heading: "FLAT RELEASE TO P.M.S., Saturday, September 3, 1960." 4to, 3 pages, printed on rectos of separate sheets, stapled together at upper left.