This original 1953 press release by The White House starts out with an ominous warning...HOLD FOR RELEASE - HOLD FOR RELEASE - HOLD FOR RELEASE - CAUTION.

If that didn't make the reader a bit nervous, the warning continues..."The following message of the President on the State of the Union, scheduled for delivery to the Congress today, February 2, 1953, MUST BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE and no portion, synopsis or intimation may be given out or published UNTIL DELIVERY HAS BEGUN. DELIVERY IS EXPECTED TO START AT 12:30 P.M. (EST). The same caution applies to all newspapers, radio and television commentators and news broadcasters, both in the United States and abroad. PLEASE USE EXTREME CARE TO AVOID PREMATURE PUBLICATION OR ANNOUNCEMENT."
James C. Hagerty - Secretary to the President.

That was President Dwight D. Eisenhower and this was his first State of the Union speech to the members of the 83rd Congress after winning the 1952 election. So we think enough time has passed to consider it 'safe' to share.

This 14 page speech (printed front and back) measures 8 by 14 inches. It's folded twice to fit into the 7 by 10 inch WHITE HOUSE yellow manila envelope. We've covered up the identity of the recipient in Massachusetts (tried to search the name but couldn't find him). The postmark indicates he didn't receive this till the 24th of Feb....three weeks post speech.

The envelope shows expected travel wear and tear but the speech has been well protected inside for decades.

Interesting original historical p.r. piece from the White House, 1953.

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