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JFK EYEGLASSES -JOHN KENNEDY PREFERRED NOT TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED WEARING

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jul 07, 2011 @ 03:31 PM

Because of the meticulous care of the Prescription Eyeglasses of John F. Kennedy;  they have finally been located.  They are now in The Collection of well known Historian and Collector, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx......a good friend of several former members of the United States Secret Service - that served many of our Nation's  Presidents.

JOHN F. KENNEDY'S EYEGLASSESJOHN F. KENNEDY'S EYEGLASSES AS RECENTLY PRESENTED IN BLUE SUEDE - AND ARCHIVALLY FRAMED

Inspector Floyd Boring, a retired U.S. Secret Service Agent carefully documented and stored away the JFK's Eyeglasses for safekeeping.  Inspector Boring was the Secret Service's Inspector directly charged with heading up the White House Detail of John F. Kennedy. He did so during the entire Administration of President Kennedy. Not so many years after the Assassination of the President, both Mr. Amyx and Inspector Boring meticulously put together more detailed written Provenance on the Stationery of the US Secret Service.  The Provenance was signed by Inspector Floyd Boring.

HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX AND INSPECTOR FLOYD BORING IN 1984HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX AND SECRET SERVICE INSPECTOR FLOYD BORING IN 1984

Today, the Prescription Eyeglasses of JFK are handsomely and archivally framed; and often seen by numerous others during special tours conducted by Mr. Amyx. The reason that Floyd Boring (1915 – 2008) was often in possession of JFK's eyeglasses, was primarily because the President did not like his pockets encumbered with 3-D items.  Accordingly, Floyd Boring not only carried the eyeglasses of The President but Cash as well.  Why Cash?  Because JFK usually had none.  In fact, Inspector Boring would sit next to the President during Mass and slip him a  $100.00 bill to be placed in the collection plate.  Later that same day Boring would appear in the office of Evelyn Lincoln, the President's Secretary, and he would be reimbursed one-hundred dollars out of petty cash.  Evelyn Lincoln served as JFK's Secretary for twelve consecutive years and her office was located in the White House adjacent to the Oval Office.  Mrs. Lincoln  was also well acquainted with Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. She also contributed to Amyx's well known Collection, also known as The American Heritage Collection.

PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND HIS SECRETARY EVELYN LINCOLN IN THE WHITE HOUSE

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY AND HIS SECRETARY EVELYN LINCOLN  AT WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Later, Raleigh  DeGeer  Amyx had the historic good fortune of obtaining the prescription eyeglasses of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy as well as those of Sen. Ted Kennedy.  Since then, both of their Prescription Eyeglasses have been  framed with similar presentation impact. In fact, the framing of the Kennedy brothers Eyeglasses are as impressive as the hand-wrapped suede framing as seen on the President's Eyeglasses at top. All framing in the Raleigh Degeer Amyx Collection was accomplished by Rick Badwey of Showcase Portfolios located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

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THE BABY HAIRBRUSH OF JOHN F. KENNEDY- RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sun, Jun 26, 2011 @ 03:22 PM

According to a White House Maid of 30 years, Viola "Big Mama" Wise, this textured Sterling Silver Hairbrush was used on John F. Kennedy, as an infant, as well as many years later, on The Hair of The President's son, JFK Jr., while he was a Toddler at The White House. Apparently, the President and First Lady included this hairbrush among their personal  belongings when they arrived at The White House on January 20, 1961.

jfk hair|jfk hairbrush|jfk jr. hair|jfk jr. hairbrush|raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|WHEN JFK & JFK JR'S. HAIR WAS BRUSHED, AS AN INFANT, IT WAS THIS HAIRBRUSH THAT WAS USED

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 Perhaps it was rather automatic that it would be used on JFK JR., and it was.  John F. Kennedy Jr., was a small infant when he arrived at the White House in 1961, and Viola Wise sometimes looked after him, which would include brushing JFK jr.'s hair, as needed.

viola wise|white house maid|big momma|viola "big momma" wise|jfk hairbrush|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|raleigh degeer amyx|the american heritage collection|A CAPTIVATING OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPH OF A WHITE HOUSE MAID - FOR 30 YEARS OR SO - VIOLA "BIG MOMMA" WISE - AT WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE - WEARING HER WHITE HOUSE UNIFORM - WITH HER EVER PRESENT AND ENGAGING SMILE

 The Maid, Viola Wise, shared many First Family as well as White House stories with Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, (shown at bottom of this feature), and also several Important Historical Relics.  Viola "Big Momma" Wise, was an Important White House contact for Mr. Amyx.  She also was the Possessor of a Major Personality and the two often interacted with each other during "Big Momma's" retirement years. Always, Miss Wise provided detailed written Provenance whenever sharing Historical Relics, that were given to her, as a result of her long career at The White House, with her friend, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

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caroline kennedy|jackie kennedy|caroline with jfk jr.|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection| CAROLINE KENNEDY CAUGHT IN A LOVING MOMENT WITH HER BROTHER - JOHN F. KENNEDY JR.

 

jackie kennedy|jackie kennedy with her son jfk jr.|jacqueline kennedy mother|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|raleigh degeer amyx|JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY AS SHE CARES FOR HER SON JOHN F. KENNEDY JR.

 Although Maud Shaw was the Nurse that the Kennedys employed and brought  to the White House with the First Family, it was sometimes necessary for favored White House Employees to assist with the small growing family. And Viola Wise was one of those Trusted Career White House Employees that sometimes assisted with the care of JFK Jr. and Caroline Kennedy.

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BABY TEETHING RING OF J.F.K. JR. - THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 @ 12:36 PM

The Teething Ring of John F. Kennedy Jr., was used in The White House by him as an infant. It is Sterling Silver and is Engraved on the Front and Back. Detailed Provenance, on White House Stationary, Presented in Written Format, is from a White House Maid of 30 Years, Viola "Big Momma" Wise. From time to time "Big Momma" would assist the Nanny, Maud Shaw, and rock and feed the infant Son of John f. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

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 Viola Wise would often tend to the various needs of the President's and First Lady's Children, Carolyn and JFK Jr.  Pictured is an Official White House Photograph of "Big Momma" while at work in The White House. Also, pictured is The President as he walks down The White House Colonnade, very near The Oval Office, with JFK Jr. , as a Toddler.

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 This Important piece of Presidential Memorabilia is now in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. Many other Important pieces of White House Memorabilia are displayed for those that care enough to make an off-site appointment to view The Collection.

jfk jr.|jfk and jfk jr.|john f. kennedy|raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY STROLLS THE WHITE HOUSE COLONADE WITH J.F.K. JR.

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 jfk jr.|jfk|john f. kennedy|white house memorabilia|presidential memorabilia|teething ring|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|raleigh degeer amyx|the american heritage collection|A VIVID CLOSEUP OF JFK JR'S. TEETHING RING

 



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JFK, JR. - SHORTS WORN IN WHITE HOUSE -RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, May 21, 2011 @ 02:40 PM

The featured shorts of JFK Jr., were worn by him, as a toddler, in The White House. They are Monogrammed on the front, in Blue, "JFK, Jr." They would have been worn by the President's son, Circa 1961-62.

jfk,jfk shorts,jfk jr. shorts,white house memorabilia,the raleigh degeer amyx collection,the american heritage colllection,raleigh degeer amyx,STUNNING SHORTS OF J.F.K. JR. - WORN IN THE WHITE HOUSE   CIRCA 1961- 62

There is Detailed Provenance from a White House Maid that often had direct responsibility for interacting with and caring for both Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr. Her name was Viola "Big Momma" Wise. The writer knew her well back in the 1970's and 1980's. When President John F. Kennedy was Assassinated in 1963, the Funeral was held, November 25, 1963, the 3rd Birthday of JFK Jr.  Following this Sudden and Painful event in the Kennedy Family and in the History of America, a number of important pieces of the President and his Family were dispersed to those with direct Kennedy Family access. These Striking and beautifully hand-crafted JFK Jr. shorts are one of those more Important Relics.

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Sometimes Viola "Big Momma" Wise would share stories, with Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, as related to her 30 Year Career at The White House. Some were put into writing. In this particular case, "Big Momma" shared verbally and in writing the following Kennedy Story. And this Story is also attested to on White House Stationery, as "Big Momma" explained, in a full-page Letter of Provenance, her Association with the Kennedy Brother and Sister. Anyway, there came a day when "Big Momma" was Rocking JFK Jr. And she looked at JFK Jr. and said, "You're an Ugly Darlin Baby - but you are the Son of a President and a Millionaire and so "Big Momma" is gonna keep on rockin you." And she would smile broadly at the young lad as she caressed him and she continued with a favorite chore of that White House day.

viola wise| Big Momma|viola "big momma" wise|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|raleigh degeer amyx|AT WORK WITH HER EFFERVESCENT SMILE - VIOLA "BIG MOMMA" WISE - IN THE WHITE HOUSE -CIRCA 1961-63

Today, the Shorts of JFK Jr., are in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection, where they are beautifully shared and displayed.

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JACQUELINE KENNEDY-ORIGINAL PAINTING - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 02:48 PM

Sometime between 1961 and 1963, First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy observed a Large Oil Painting, of The White House, as it appeared in 1805. In fact, this same Original Oil Painting has been hung in The Oval Office by almost all Presidents for many years.

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ORIGINAL ART - BY JACQUELINE KENNEDY - AS FIRST LADY - A PAINTING THAT SHE ACCOMPLISHED FOR HER HUSBAND PRESIDENT JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY

The Highly Skilled First Lady Propped up her Easel (JBK is  featured with it in this same writing) and took her Watercolors and Brush to form this accurate and Beautiful Rendition of The White House - Just as it appeared way back in 1805 - when Thomas Jefferson was our Incumbent President.

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The First Lady meant for this Original Painting to be Personally Presented to her Husband, The President. And, Mrs. Kennedy was quite clear in her wishes in that she uncharacteristically Signed this 5" x 7" inch Painting in an unusual format. Almost always Jacqueline Kennedy Signed her Artistic Renderings - "J B K ".  However, Mrs. Kennedy Signed this Very Personal Example, "J to J" (Jacqueline to Jack).  It is now an Historic and Important Piece of our American History.

jackie kennedy art|jacqueline kennedy paintin|jackie kennedy art|raleigh degeer amyx|the american heritage collection|A VIVID CLOSE-UP OF THE HISTORIC "J TO J" SIGNATURE OF THIS HIGHLY SKILLED FIRST LADY - JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY

jackie kennedy art|jacqueline kennedy painting|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|raleigh degeer amyx|the american heritage collection|jbk art|ON THE VERSO OF THIS HISTORIC PAINTING THE FIRST LADY TAKES THE TIME TO ADD "FOR JACK" - A TOUCHING TRIBUTE BETWEEN JACQUELINE KENNEDY AND THE PRESIDENT

Of Serious Historical Importance is the Fact that President John F. Kennedy can be seen in this Feature sitting in his Rocker in The Oval Office. And The President is shown facing this exact same Original Painting, as it rests not far away, on the Round Table to JFK's right, under a Lamp and on a small Easel. An Extraordinary glimpse of American History, indeed.

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Obviously, a piece of this Immense Historical Magnitude came from someone Trusted and with close Proximity to President Kennedy and The First lady - On a Frequent Basis. This Important information was provided by Historian and Collector, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY - JFK'S GOLD PRESIDENTIAL SEAL RING RECENTLY LOCATED

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 @ 02:40 PM

The Gold Presidential Ring of John F. Kennedy's has recently been located.  The Presidents Ring is beautifully displayed in The American Heritage Collection (AKA) The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. 

john f. kennedy and jacqueline kennedy and raleigh degeer amyxTHE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HIS FIRST LADY ENJOY A MOMENT OF LEISURE

This Dramatic Presidential Seal Ring, is 18 Karat Gold and was accomplished totally by hand by an unknown, as of this writing, Highly Skilled Goldsmith. The Artistic Presidential Seal 18k Ring total hand-work is rather Breathtaking. 

john f. kennedy ringTOTALLY HAND-CRAFTED 18K GOLD RING OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - AS VIEWED FROM THE TOP OF THE PERSONALIZED PRESIDENTIAL SEAL RING

According to the Artistic and detailed hand-engraving on the interior of the President's 18K Ring, as well as the, even much more Manifest Evidence is the Impeccable and detailed Provenance; on White House Stationery. This Important Letter, was authored by someone who saw President John F. Kennedy each day over a period of many years. The Letter of Provenance outlines the details of this 1963 Historic Gift to The President from The First Lady.

raleigh degeer amyx collectionINTERIOR HAND ENGRAVING DENOTING THE FIRST LADY'S GIFT TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY IN 1963

The Important White House source of information was not certain of the exact date that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy presented her husband with this Important Presidential Seal Ring.  However, it was believed that the First Ladies Gift was received by JFK sometime toward the end of 1963 – but perhaps as early as The President's May 29th Birthday.

the raleigh degeer amyx collectionJOHN F. KENNEDYS PRESIDENTIAL SEAL - 18 KARAT HAND-CRAFTED RING HAS LONG BEEN IN THE COLLECTION OF - HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2010

 


 


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SOURCE OF LEATHER FROM REAR SEAT OF JFK ASSASSINATION LIMOUSINE KNOWN

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, Mar 19, 2011 @ 11:24 AM

John F. Kennedy – (1917 to 1963) - a Chilling pair of Relics from the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Two sections of the rear Limousine seat, (approximately 2.75" by 3.75''), upon which The President and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy sat, when Lee Harvey Oswald pulled the trigger on his Mannlicher Carcano Rifle, so Tragically Ending the Life of President John F. Kennedy.

john f. kennedy assassination limousineTHE CHILLING RESULT FOLLOWING THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY ON NOVEMBER 22,1963

One section, Light Blue, composed the Main portion of the rear bench seat.  The other section is Presidential Blue, which composed the outside seat and upper seat trim.  The Light Blue section clearly shows Rust–Colored Staining consistent with Long–Dried Blood of President John F. Kennedy.

assassanation of john f. kennedy leatherTHE LIGHT BLUE PORTION OF THE REAR SEAT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE OF JOHN F. KENNEDY NOVEMBER 22, 1963

The Rear Seat Remnants are accompanied by a Detailed Letter of Provenance on White House Letterhead, dated November 22, 1982, (exactly 20 years after the Assassination of JFK); written by White House Technical Representative, F. Vaughn Ferguson. Special Note: Any and all other pieces of this Important JFK Assassination Leather Relic were once owned by F. Vaughn Ferguson via Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. There are no exceptions to this fact----now well Documented for a Quarter of a Century now.

leather from rear seat of assassination limousine THE DARK BLUE PORTION OF THE LEATHER REMOVED FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE FOLLOWING THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

Mr. Ferguson, whose involvement with the Presidential Limousine, before and after the shooting, is well documented.  Ferguson writes in part...."The Leather, is from the Automobile in which John F. Kennedy, President of The United States, was Assassinated, on November 22, 1963....Four days after the Assassination, The White House Upholsterer (Larry Arata) and I, removed this Leather at the White House Garage."

john f. kennedy assassination limousineTHE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES & THE FIRST LADY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE - DALLAS 1963

"The Light Blue Leather is from the Center of The Rear Bench Seat.  The Dark Blue Leather is the The Border of The Rear Bench Seat.  The Spots are what remains of the Dried Blood from our Beloved President........John F. Kennedy."

f. faughn ferguson assassination raleigh degeer amyxF. VAUGHN FERGUSON IN PROCESS OF WRITING LETTER OF PROVENANCE FOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - DETAILING THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY

A Chilling but Historically Important and Detailed Explanation by F. Vaughn Ferguson – a Witness to a Sad Chapter in America's History!

assassination limousine john f. kennedyTHE ASSASSINATION LIMOUISINE USED BY PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY AS TOLD IN NEWS ARTICLE BY F. VAUGHN FERGUSON

F. Vaughn Ferguson then goes on to describe the extensive modifications that were made to the Presidential Limousine so that it could be later used by President Lyndon B. Johnson.  In the letter Mr. Ferguson mentions that he drove the Presidential Limousine from Cincinnati to Washington in complete Secrecy to avoid the Press.

john f. kennedy and raleigh degeer amyxTHE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES - JOHN F. KENNEDY

Ferguson Does Not Mention in the Letter of Provenance that he was stopped in the middle of the night in the State of Ohio by the Highway Patrol for Speeding.  The shocked Patrolman did not complete the writing of the Speeding Ticket, once he became convinced that this really was the Limousine of the President of The United States.

Mr. Ferguson Concludes with Mentioning Details concerning his 20 year Career of Service, with the Presidential Limousine, at The White House.  Other items provided include a Color Photograph of Ferguson, actually signing the Letter of Provenance, as well as a Sadly Chilling Photo of the Bloodied Rear Seat of the Presidential Limousine, after the Assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Also, there is a Copy of a Newspaper Article Featuring Ferguson, which references his Involvement with the ill-fated Presidential Limousine.  Raleigh DeGeer Amyx and F. Vaughn Ferguson visited each other often for over 20 years.  They were Good Friends!

Among other things in the Newspaper Article Ferguson states...." FBI Agents had ripped the leather seats.  They told me that they had to do it to find the Bullet Particles from the Shooting." In the Newspaper Article Ferguson mentions that he took some of the Assassination Artifacts with him......" I still have some of the Leather from the Seats", Ferguson said. A Heart Rendering Relic from a Day That Shook The World – as well as Changing the History of the World.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx and F.  Vaughn Ferguson remained close friends from about 1980 until his death over 20 years later.  Mr. Amyx met with Mr. Ferguson often, and on occasion, spent nights in the home of katherine and Vaughn Ferguson.  When Mr. Ferguson visited the Washington DC area, following his retirement, he always made it a point to visit with Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

raleigh degeer amyx & f. vaughn fergusonRALEIGH DEGEER AMYX WITH F. VAUGHN FERGUSON IN 1983 STANDING IN FRONT OF EYEGLASSES OF JOHN F. KENNEDY

Pictured above is a photograph (circa 1982 to 1983) of Mr. Amyx with Mr. Ferguson on one of his many visits to the Amyx home.  F. Vaughn Ferguson is holding an American Presidential Flag from the Limousine of John F. Kennedy, as the two of them stand beneath the Prescription Eyeglasses of John F. Kennedy. The JFK Eyeglasses are shown elsewhere as a part of the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection.

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RAZOR JOHN F. KENNEDY USED TO SHAVE WITH IS FINALLY LOCATED -

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 @ 05:34 PM

An impressive World War II Relic of Importance has finally been located. what? Lt. John F. Kennedy's Gillette Shaving Set, Monogrammed & in the original leather case had been sitting away in a drawer in England over a period of many years following the horrific events of World War II.

jfk gillette razor shavingLT. JOHN F. KENNEDY'S MONOGRAMMED JFK GILLETTE RAZOR SHAVING SET

In order for the reader to have a better understanding of the United States Navy and John F. Kennedy two eye-catching World War II photographs have been located and are depicted within this writing.

lt. john f. kennedyAN IMPOSING NAVY LIEUTENANT- JOHN F. KENNEDY

The future Presidents Father, Joseph P. Kennedy, had recently served in London as the Ambassador to the Court of St. James.  The Monogrammed Gillette Razor-Shaving Set of JFK's was retrieved by someone who apparently worked at the American Embassy.

lt. john f. kennedyA DAPPER NAVY LIEUTENANT- SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC 

At the beginning of World War II, Ambassador Kennedy and his family moved back to the United States and the future President's Gillette Razor-Shaving Set had apparently been left behind.  Many years later it made its way into an antique shop just outside of London. It was there where an off-duty American commercial airlines pilot happened to see it and he purchased it on the spot.  After that it was retained by this Pilot for quite a number of years-when finally this JFK Shaving Set made its way into the Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx also known as The American Heritage Collection.  Historically speaking, it was of immense importance that the Pilot took the time to present Mr. Amyx with a detailed letter of Provenance covering his historic purchase. This was over 20 years ago.  To say the very least, this is a Magnificent and hertofor unknown Historic Relic.

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ASSASSINATION OF JFK ON 11- 22-63 - FLAG THAT FLEW OVER WHITE HOUSE

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Feb 03, 2011 @ 01:17 PM

At last the location of the Official American Flag that flew over The White House on the Day that President John F. Kennedy was Assassinated has been officially located.  Over 25 years ago, it was presented to The Raleigh  DeGeer  Amyx Collection AKA The American Heritage Collection, by the White House Doorman  - Preston Bruce.  Impeccable Provenance accompanies this November 22, 1963 Official American Assassination Flag - An Historic American Relic of the Highest Magnitude.

BELOW IS THE OFFICIAL MOURNING FLAG OF NOVEMBER 22, 1963 - AS REMOVED BY THE WHITE HOUSE DOORMAN - PRESTON BRUCE

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In the Historic Photograph featured below is Preston Bruce, White House Doorman, who served at The Executive Mansion from 1953 to 1977.  In the capacity of White House Doorman, Mr. Bruce, (the Epitome of what a Gentleman is), was in close proximity to the Oval Office while he served Presidents - Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon & Ford.

PRESTON BRUCE - WHITE HOUSE DOORMANWHITE HOUSE DOORMAN PRESTON BRUCE IN FRONT OF EXECUTIVE MANSION MANTLE - THIS PHOTOGRAPH HAS BEEN APPROPRIATELY INSCRIBED FOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX

The elegant Preston Bruce is shown standing, dressed in his Tuxedo, in front of a Marble Mantle in The White House; in a photograph which he has personally inscribed to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.  The Official Mourning Flag that flew over the White House - and at Half-Staff -  that dreaded November Day is approximately 5' x 9.5'.

ASSASINATION FLAG NOVEMBER 22,1963 WHITE HOUSETHE OFFICIAL MOURNING FLAG - AT HALF-STAFF - THAT FLEW OVER THE WHITE HOUSE ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963

We also show the Official American Mourning Flag as it flies directly above The White House on November 22, 1963.  This Flag actually flew at Half-Staff, above The White House, from November 19th to December 8, 1963.  This would have covered part of the Official Mourning Period of 30 Days for President John F. Kennedy...... and there was only one other Official Flag that flew over The Executive Mansion continuously during the 30 Day Official Mourning Period.  The second Official Flag is thought to be in the John F. Kennedy Library as Mr. Bruce believed that the second one was  presented to the President's Widow, Jacqueline B. Kennedy. Preston Bruce was also, with others, standing behind the Kennedy Family at Arlington National Cemetery on November 25th 1963  - The Day that The President was laid to rest. Of course, Mr. Bruce was also one of the Kennedy Family Invited Attendees at the Funeral Service of The President at St. Matthews Cathedral earlier that Dreadful Day.

RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX WITH PRESTON BRUCE 1983 AT TIME OF FLAG PRESENTATIONRALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - WITH PRESTON BRUCE AT TIME OF JFK OFFICIAL FLAG PRESENTATION


Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is also shown above, with Preston Bruce in 1983, as he was presented The Official White House Flag of November 22, 1963. Mr. Bruce stated that following the Assassination of The President other members of the Kennedy family received a so-called "Official Flag" that was actually run up and down another flagpole, at another location at The White House. However, they would in no way have the early White House Documentation that accompanies this Official Flag. There is also another Special piece of White House Documentation that is not being shared here.

PROVENANCE LETTER REFERENCE ASSASSINATION FLAG JFKHISTORIC LETTER OF IMPECCABLE PROVENANCE - WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL MOURNING FLAG OF NOVEMBER 22, 1963 - FROM WHITE HOUSE DOORMAN PRESTON BRUCE TO HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX


In the detailed full-page Letter of Provenance, addressed to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, after Amyx and Mr. Bruce developed a close relationship, Preston Bruce states, in complete detail, many important facts of pertinent History.  Mr. Bruce explains his relationship with the President as well as specifics about the above Official White House Mourning Flag. Preston Bruce describes the Mourning Flag as faded some and torn at the corners.  Further, he states that he had written in ink on the White House Flag canvas edge ......" Preston Bruce, White House Doorman.... November 19, 63 - Rec. Dec. 8/63"......the exact dates this Official Mourning Flag flew over The White House. Also, Mr. Bruce wrote.... "Preston Bruce--White House Doorman, 53 - 77 (White House Service Years of Mr. Bruce), 19th NOV.  63 -- J.F.K."...... At the moment the above Official Assassination Flag was dropped to half-staff, following the sudden radio announcement of the Death of The President, Mr. Amyx was standing on the sidewalk outside The White House.  He stood staring straight at the American Flag, as it was sadly lowered to half-staff, as well as directly at the Executive Mansion.  Limousines began to turn into the White House front gate.....arriving from Congressional Leadership Offices.  Many sad days would follow.....far too extreme and painful to adequately describe within this detailed text.

PRESTON BRUCE WITH NOVEMBER 22, 1963 OFFICAL WHITE HOUSE FLAGPRESTON BRUCE - WHITE HOUSE DOORMAN - WITH OFFICIAL MOURNING FLAG THAT FLEW OVER THE WHITE HOUSE FROM NOVEMBER 22,1963 TO DECEMBER 8, 1963

CANVAS FLAG EDGE WITH ASSASSINATION NOTES OF PRESTON BRUCETHE CANVAS EDGE OF THE OFFICIAL JFK WHITE HOUSE MOURNING FLAG WHERE THE WHITE HOUSE DOORMAN - PRESTON BRUCE - MADE HIS OFFICIAL NOTES OF PROVENANCE IN 1963

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PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES OF JOHN F. KENNEDY ARE FINALLY LOCATED

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, Jan 29, 2011 @ 01:05 PM

Because of the meticulous care of the Prescription Eyeglasses of John F. Kennedy;  they have finally been located.  They are now in The Collection of well known Historian and Collector, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx......a good friend of several former members of the United States Secret Service - that served many of our Nation's  Presidents.

JOHN F. KENNEDY'S EYEGLASSESJOHN F. KENNEDY'S EYEGLASSES AS RECENTLY PRESENTED IN BLUE SUEDE - AND ARCHIVALLY FRAMED

Inspector Floyd Boring, a retired U.S. Secret Service Agent carefully documented and stored away the JFK's Eyeglasses for safekeeping.  Inspector Boring was the Secret Service's Inspector directly charged with heading up the White House Detail of John F. Kennedy. He did so during the entire Administration of President Kennedy. Not so many years after the Assassination of the President, both Mr. Amyx and Inspector Boring meticulously put together more detailed written Provenance on the Stationery of the US Secret Service.  The Provenance was signed by Inspector Floyd Boring.

HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX AND INSPECTOR FLOYD BORING IN 1984HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX AND SECRET SERVICE INSPECTOR FLOYD BORING IN 1984

Today, the Prescription Eyeglasses of JFK are handsomely and archivally framed; and often seen by numerous others during special tours conducted by Mr. Amyx. The reason that Floyd Boring (1915 – 2008) was often in possession of JFK's eyeglasses, was primarily because the President did not like his pockets encumbered with 3-D items.  Accordingly, Floyd Boring not only carried the eyeglasses of The President but Cash as well.  Why Cash?  Because JFK usually had none.  In fact, Inspector Boring would sit next to the President during Mass and slip him a  $100.00 bill to be placed in the collection plate.  Later that same day Boring would appear in the office of Evelyn Lincoln, the President's Secretary, and he would be reimbursed one-hundred dollars out of petty cash.  Evelyn Lincoln served as JFK's Secretary for twelve consecutive years and her office was located in the White House adjacent to the Oval Office.  Mrs. Lincoln  was also well acquainted with Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. She also contributed to Amyx's well known Collection, also known as The American Heritage Collection.

PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND HIS SECRETARY EVELYN LINCOLN IN THE WHITE HOUSE

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY AND HIS SECRETARY EVELYN LINCOLN IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Later, Raleigh  DeGeer  Amyx had the historic good fortune of obtaining the prescription eyeglasses of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy as well as those of Sen. Ted Kennedy.  Since then, both of their Prescription Eyeglasses have been  framed with similar presentation impact. In fact, the framing of the Kennedy brothers Eyeglasses are as impressive as the hand-wrapped suede framing as seen on the President's Eyeglasses at top. All framing in the Raleigh Degeer Amyx Collection was accomplished by Rick Badwey of Showcase Portfolios located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

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