Lot 5: Vinson Supreme Court Signed Presentation Photo
23rd January 2020
Vinson Supreme Court. Mounted Vintage sepia matte-finish 14. 25 x 10. 5 Bachrach photo of the Vinson Supreme Court, circa 1949-54, signed in fountain pen in the lower margin by all nine Justices: Fred M. Vinson, Earl Warren, Hugo Black, Stanley Forman Reed, Tom C. Clark, Felix Frankfurter, Sherman Minton, Harold Hitz Burton and Robert H. Jackson. In fine condition with a few signatures a shade light. Vinson’s most dramatic dissent was when the court voided President Truman’s seizure of the steel industry during a strike in a June 3, 1952 decision, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer. The major issues his court dealt with included racial segregation, labor unions, communism and loyalty oaths. On racial segregation, he wrote that states practicing the separate but equal doctrine must provide facilities that were truly equal. The case of Brown v. Board of Education was before the Court at the time of his death. Vinson, not wanting a 5-4 decision, had ordered a second hearing of the case. He died before the case could be reheard, at which time Earl Warren was appointed to the Court and the case was heard again.
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