Lot 9025: John Kennedy, Jr. 'Keepsake for Baby' Gift
18th May 2017
Adorable satin padded "A Keepsake for Baby" booklet gifted to President-elect John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy upon the birth of their son John F. Kennedy, Jr., on November 25, 1960. Created by Paramount, the booklet measures 3.5 x 6.5, and is inscribed on the front pastedown, "[From] Mrs. Raymond McNeil, 70 Portland St. Rochester, N. H." The last page of the booklet, reserved as "Baby's Last Picture," features a small affixed image of the "John Jr. Christening." In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Mary Barelli Gallagher, the secretary to Senator John F. Kennedy and then later to First Lady Jackie Kennedy, in part: "This baby gift is one of the many gifts that had arrived daily to the home of President–Elect and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, 3307 N St. N. W., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. on the occasion of John Jr.'s Birth…Mrs. Kennedy would ask that I prepare a letter of thanks to the sender for her to sign, and this is one of the gifts that she offered me to take home. I donated the vast majority of these gifts to various charities, others I gave away to friends, relatives, etc., keeping the more interesting ones, such as this, for myself."
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