President Truman Poses With His White House Staff During a 1952 Retreat to the "Little White House" in Key West, FL
TRUMAN, HARRY S. Signed Photograph as President, 9.25" x 7.25", color, matted to 12" x 14". This fantastic portrait — shows Truman, along with his staff members. Signed, "Harry Truman" and with 19 additional staff signatures, all signed on the mat. Printed at the head (on the matting), "Key West, Florida, December 11, 1949". Built in 1890 on the waterfront of Key West's naval station, the "Little White House", as it came to be known, was Truman's favorite winter retreat. He spent a total of 175 days at the southern sanctuary during his Presidency.
An amazing Presidential photograph and a spectacular array of signers. In very fine condition.
The Harry S Truman Little White House in Key West, Fl. was built in 1890 as the first officer's quarters on the naval station. The wooden duplex contained Quarters A for the base commandant and Quarters B for the paymaster. The house was built on the waterfront of the harbor of Key West. In the beginning of the 20th century, the home was converted into a single family dwelling to house the base commandant. The house has been host to many distinguished guests. Thomas Edison resided in the house during World War I, while working on depth charge research for the U.S. Navy. In 1946, Harry Truman began visiting the island for rest and relaxation and returned for 175 days during his presidency. Quarters A was the Winter White House. President Dwight Eisenhower used the home while recuperating from a heart attack in 1956. In 1961, the Little White House played host to President John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan during the the Bay of Pigs incident. The house remained a living quarters for the commanding officers of the base until Truman Naval Station was closed in 1974. In 1996, President Jimmy Carter and his family, visited the home while on holiday and celebrated New Year's Eve here with family and friends. In April of 2000 the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, and France along with their wives had a private dinner at the Little White House.
TRUMAN, HARRY S. 1884-1972. 33rd President of the U.S. (1945-1953). Previous to his Presidency, was U.S. Senator from Missouri (1935-45), Chairman, Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program - the Truman Committee (1941-44), and Vice President (March-April, 1945), succeeding to the Presidency on the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt (April 12, 1945). Elected President in 1948. Was in office during the conclusion of World War II. Attended Potsdam Conference (July, 1945) and ordered the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and of Nagasaki (August 9, 1 9 4 5 ) . The Japanese surrendered on September 1, 1945. Truman helped in the creation of the United Nations, promoted the creation of the state of Israel (1948), and conducted the Korean War (1950-53). The Truman Doctrine (1947) helped contain the spread of communism. He approved Secretary of State Marshall's plan (The Marshall Plan) to rebuild Western Europe after WWII. Did not seek re-election for a third term. Retired in 1953.
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