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Dwight D. Eisenhower, Signature on Certificate for James Cagney, plus Ephemera

Eisenhower signs James Cagney’s Thank You Certificate for
Entertaining at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner




Dwight D. Eisenhower signs James Cagney’s Appreciation Certificate for entertaining the president and the press corps at the White House Correspondents’ Association Annual Dinner, for the year 1956. Includes more event ephemera. This grouping includes:

Eisenhower, Dwight D. Printed document, signed by Eisenhower. “The White House Correspondents’ Association (device) In Appreciation of the Invaluable Assistance of James Cagney to the White House Correspondents’ Association on the Occasion of it’s Annual Dinner in Honor of the President of the United States.”

Lightly toned with some very light finger marks; Eisenhower’s signature is bold and handsome.

Strickling, Howard. Telegram Press Release from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, 25 May, 1956. 1p., octavo, printed. MGM press release points out praise for James Cagney by President Eisenhower at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Eisenhower mentioned “Cagney’s personality being just the opposite of his movie roles. President said no one has done more for those less fortunate.”

Two horizontal folds; else very good; a well-preserved document considering its ephemeral nature.

Howard Stricking was head of publicity for MGM for 40 years. In addition to his publicity duties, he provided voice over work for trailers of MGM movies, including Gone With The Wind and all three theatrical releases of The Wizard of Oz. He was also one of “The Fixers,” detailed in the E.J. Fleming book, The Fixers.

Bill of Entertainment for White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. 8 1/2″ x 11″, printed. Bill listing entertainment for the evening “An annual spring festival of song and pulchritude” entitled “Wish We Were Here.” James Cagney was the featured performer on a bill that included Patti Page, Nat “King” Cole, Buddy Hackett, Senor Wences, Dizzy Gillespie, and others.

Four vertical folds and one horizontal fold; toned; chipped at extremities including approximately 1” tear on right side. Buddy Hackett’s name is misspelled and corrected in pencil; else very good.

Three photographs of Dwight Eisenhower. 8” x 10” with descriptive text. Two copies of a photo of Eisenhower speaking at a campaign rally in the Hollywood Bowl, 1956, back marked from Wide World Photos. One copy of a photo of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower outside a church in Gettysburg, Pa, 1959, back marked Associated Press Photos.

It’s an ironic observation that in recent years, the WHCA dinner has been criticized for being “to Hollywood.” This little grouping shows how historically “Hollywood” is has been!