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Envelope for a sympathy acknowledgement card from Jacqueline Kennedy

Object Number: 2017.048.0001.0001
Category: Documents
Type of Object: Envelope
Dimensions: 3 1/2 × 5 3/4 in. (8.9 × 14.6 cm)
Medium: Paper
Envelope of cream-colored stationery from Jacqueline Kennedy addressed to Mr. Wallace Bichsel in White Deer, Texas.

The envelope has a printed facsimile of Mrs. Kennedy's signature franked in the upper right corner of the envelope in black ink. There is no traditional postage stamp or postage mark. Mrs. Kennedy's signature served as the official postage markings for the envelope to be mailed; this is known as privilege franking.

In the center of the front of the envelope is handwritten in black ink the name and address of the recipient:

"Mr. Wallace Bichsel
And Family
c/o Sacred Heart Church
Box 427
White Deer, Texas".

The reverse of the envelope has a black border on the edges of the overlapping pointed flaps. "Mrs. John F. Kennedy" is printed in all-caps in black ink at the center near the top edge of the back of the envelope.

This envelope originally enclosed a sympathy acknowledgement notecard -- see record for 2017.048.0001.0002.
Curator's Notes

Included in the Museum's temporary exhibit, "Mourning a President," about the funeral and mourning rites for President John F. Kennedy, this item will be on display on the Museum's seventh floor from November 17, 2017 to February 19, 2018. -- Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

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