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Two official Press Releases dated October 28, 1962 and October 23, 1962, detailing the text of a message from President Kennedy to Chairman Khrushchev and the introduction of Proclamation 3504 respectively. 14 x 8.5''.

On October 27th, a U.S. invasion team was readied within the state of Florida, due to an American plane being shot down over Cuban borders. During the crisis, there was communication between the leaders, including sending letters and messages. The Soviet Union leader, Khrushchev, had sent two messages to Kennedy and other American associates. The first message was sent on October 26th and offered Kennedy a deal: Cuban missiles would be removed if the Americans would not invade Cuba. A second message was sent by Khrushchev the following day, proposing that the U.S.S.R would remove its missiles in Cuba if America would disarm its missiles within the country of Turkey.

In Kennedy's reply to Khrushchev, he seeks to bring about a settlement of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This is clearly dictated through the closing paragraph in his response where he says, "I agree with you that we must devote urgent attention to the problem of disarmament, as it relates to the whole world and also to critical areas. Perhaps now, as well step back from danger, we can together make real progress in this vital field."

Proclamation 3504 is a declaration authorizing the naval quarantine of Cuba in order to prevent a Soviet nuclear offensive launch from Cuba.

The proclamation was written directly from the perspective of John F. Kennedy, stating that the United States will do whatever necessary to ensure the safety of the country and the American continent, including the use of arms if needed. Kennedy writes specific orders for the Secretary of Defense, stating that he "shall take appropriate measures to prevent the delivery of prohibited material to Cuba" if the situation were to call for such. This document is an integral part of the timeline of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

These items come directly from the Hirschy family. Lieutenant Hirschy was Supply and Logistics Officer for the Military Aides to the President and Officer-in-Charge of the Navy Mess in the White House during both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. His duties also included taking care of the President’s needs on overseas trips, aboard the presidential yachts and at Camp David. Lt. Hirschy served in the White House from May 1, 1961 through May 31, 1965.

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Text of Kennedy/Khrushchev Message and Cuba/Weapons

Estimate $3,000 - $4,000Oct 7, 2017
65 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128
United States
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