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A signed photo of a very young Ted Kennedy standing in front of a presidential podium with his brother John looking on
n.p., n.d.. 8.5" x 11". "Signed black and white print affixed to card stock. Boldly signed by Ted Kennedy in blue felt tip as ""Ted Kennedy"". 6.5"" x 7"" photo image affixed to a card of 8.5' x 11"". From the days of Camelot, a wonderful black and white photo print depicting a sheepish Ted Kennedy standing behind his brother's Presidential podium, while President John Kennedy applauded him. Signed and inscribed by Ted Kennedy to Ron Wade. Excerpts from an interesting interview from, about Ron Wade and his collection of Presidential memorabilia:Step into Ronald Wade's office and it's easy to see why he's listed in "Guinness World Records 2015" for the largest collection of U.S. presidential memorabilia -- it's really a replica of the Oval Office."Actually, they quit counting," Wade says of his immense collection of White House and presidential campaign items, "because I probably have closer to 20,000 or 30,000 items, if not closer to 100,000 -- that's with duplication." The official count from the folks behind the famed book puts Wade's collection in chief at 6,960 pieces as of last year.The lifelong Republican has been racking up "practically anything that has to do with American politics" since he was 10 years old."My first memory in life is wearing an 'I Like Ike' button, and I was probably 4 years old. So I've always been interested in politics," Wade, 64, tells ITK.The retired Texas Department of Human Services supervisor says he counts former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush as friends. His most prized item in the collection is from the 41st commander in chief's failed 1964 Senate bid."He had a group of young ladies that campaigned for him, the Bush Belles," Wade says in his heavy Lone Star State twang, "So I have the only known Bush Belles outfit that's around. Even the Bush Library doesn't have one.""George W. has been to my house, and seen my collection, and was quite impressed," boasts Wade, who has also donated several pieces from his massive memorabilia stockpile to the George W. Bush Presidential Library outside Dallas.While much of the public might be disillusioned with warring politicians, Wade -- who once served as a White House page for then-President Nixon -- says talk of partisan bickering in Washington is overblown: "The friction between parties has been here as long as America has been here."From the spectacular, unprecedented collection of Ronald Ellis Wade."
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