A black and white 1950's photo of the famous Argentine, Juan Peron (1895-1974), inscribed in ink at bottom "al senor Herbert He. Jillson, con gran afecto/Buenos Aires, 18 febrero 1955/Juan Peron". The piece measures 14" by 9" inside the mat and 18 1/2" by 13 1/2" framed (no glass, as found). This is a fascinating piece of history. Peron of course was a world-famous figure at mid century. He was three times president of Argentina from 1946-1955, and again briefly from October 1973 to July 1974, when he died of a heart attack. Peron's second wife was the famous/infamous Eva ("Evita"), an equally controversial historical figure. A former military officer, Peron came to prominence in the 1940's and 1950's. Regarded by some as a demagogue and dictator, he was chased from office by a coup d'etat on the 16th of September 1955, seven months after this photo was inscribed. The political movement known as "Peronism" was named after him. Peron met a number of major twentieth century figures including Che Guevara; he was a disciple of Benito Mussolini. See the detailed, lengthy wikipedia article on Juan Peron's complex life. The photo is in generally good condition with exception of a tiny dig/loss in his jacket elbow area at lower left, some tiny creases above the signature area, and a tiny hairline abrasion in his lower eyelid area.
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