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Lovely formal portraits, one of the Roosevelt family before FDR contracted polio, and another of just Eleanor
"(1)Photograph, black white, 10.5"" x 13.5 overall, image 7"" x 8.75"". Taken in Washington, D.C., on June 12, 1919, the Roosevelt family is looking through a scrapbook. Pictured are: Franklin, wife Eleanor, and mother Sara seated on a sofa. Franklin, Jr. (born 1914) is seated on his father's lap while John (born 1916) is on his grandmother's lap, the only one looking at the photographer. Standing behind them are Anna (born 1906), Elliott (born 1910), and James (born 1907). It was taken while FDR was serving as Pres. Woodrow Wilson's Assistant Secretary of the Navy, five months after Eleanor's uncle, Theodore Roosevelt, died. A year later, at the 1920 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, Franklin D. Roosevelt received his party's nomination for Vice President because of his successful record in naval affairs during the World War, his popularity, and his family name. While vacationing at Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1921, Roosevelt contracted polio. (2) Early Photograph, sepia, 9"" x 12.25"" (blank margins trimmed) overall, image 7.5"" x 10"". Signed in pencil at lower right of image ""Kazanjian/N.Y."" Aram Kazanjian was an Armenian refugee from the Turkish massacres of 1905-1906 who became a successful painter and photographer in Boston and New York. His daughter, Arlene Francis Kazanjian, born in Boston in 1907, dropped her family name and became a well-known actress in films and on radio, Broadway, and television. Ironically, on her first show on ""What's My Line?"" on February 16, 1950, Arlene Francis was the panelist who correctly identified the night's mystery guest, Elliott Roosevelt, son of Eleanor and Franklin, and you know Eleanor was watching. Fine condition."
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