Today I'm pairing up two pieces of John F. Kennedy memorabilia including a 1961 JFK Inaugural Spectacle Souvenir Edition by the Editors of Life Magazine and Sixty-five 1964 Topps John F. Kennedy Gum Cards. Below is a description of each item and its condition:
The first item is a John F. Kennedy 1961 Inaugural Spectacle Souvenir Edition by the Editors of Life Magazine. This Souvenir Edition of the Inaugural two day Celebration covers JFK being sworn in as the 35th President of the United States. There are 64 pages covering the day before the inauguration which included a light snow fall, the rehearsal party which included Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Gene Kelly and other famous stars. Also included are articles and captions with photos of the night before the Ball, the attendees getting ready, the Presidents speech, the post-inaugural lunch, the Parade, and photos from the five Inaugural Balls that were held.
**Condition: This Inaugural Spectacle Souvenir Edition is in very good condition. The cover and inside pages are very clean and bright. *Covers: There are tiny corner bumps at the bottom right front corner and the bottom left back corner, minor surface wear, minor wear and minor stress to the spine, a ½" tear at the top of the spine, and minor chipping at the bottom of the spine.
The second item is a partial set of 65 JFK Topps Gum Trading Cards from 1964. A complete set consists of 77 cards. These numbered cards are missing: Numbers 10-12-13-25-36-47-52-57-58-66-70-72. The set was made in 1963 before JFK was assassinated and released in 1964. Each card gives you a glimpse of the President and Jackie before and after being elected president along with pictures of two year old Caroline and baby John Jr. On the back of each card is a small description of the picture on the front of the card.
**Condition of Trading Cards: These are the numbered cards in very good condition—5-7, 14-21, 23, 24, 27-37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 48, 50, 51, 54-61, 63-65, 68, and 71-75. These are the numbered cards in good condition with 1 to 3 corners bumped—1-4, 8, 9, 26, 38, 42, 43, 46, 49, 53, 62, 67, 69, 76, and 77. These are the numbered cards in fair condition with minor soiling on front—11, 22, and 41.
The cards are very clean except for the three numbers listed above. Some of the cards have off- white backs and some have very white backs. I'm guessing the cards are from several different production runs. The cards measure 2½" x 3½".
With this being the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination what a better way to remember JFK and his family by paging through this souvenir program and the 65 trading cards. Just looking over the trading cards really brought back many memories of Camelot for me.
A wonderful teaching tool for your children to learn about JFK before that fateful day in Dallas. Two great additions to a JFK collection too!
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