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Lee and Marina Oswald Christmas card from 1961

Christmas card from 1961, signed “Lee,” measuring 5.5 x 4 closed, with a color image of pine boughs on the front. On the inside Oswald has written, “Merry Christmas Dear Mother, from us both. Lee,” after which his wife Marina has signed her name in Cyrillic. This letter was an official exhibit (No. 186) in the Warren Commission investigation into JFK’s assassination and, like most of the exhibits, is protectively soft-laminated, with a label affixed to the back of the card. Accompanied by an ink signature of Edwin A. Walker, whom Oswald had previously attempted to assassinate. In fine condition, laminated as described and with a few small creases. A few days earlier, Oswald had written to the American Embassy requesting their assistance in leaving the country, after they were both denied exit visas by the Soviet government. Shortly after sending this card, Oswald was fired by the Belorussian Radio and Television Factory in Minsk, citing careless and unsatisfactory work and a negative attitude as reasons for letting him go. Almost miraculously, two weeks later on Christmas Day, the Oswalds were granted passports and exit visas, and within a few short months they were on their way to Texas. Anything signed by both Lee and Marina is incredibly rare, making this a highly desirable piece. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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