A color satin-finish 8″ x 10″ photograph of presidents Reagan, Ford, Carter and Nixon all posed together, signed in black and blue felt tip marker by Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, J[immy] Carter and Richard Nixon.
Great signatures and a great price on this incredible and rare multi-signed Presidential piece.
Sold with Letters of Authenticity from both The Autograph Source (Lifetime Guarantee) and independent third-party authenticator Beckett Authentication Services (BAS).
This photograph was taken outside of the Oval Office prior to leaving for Egypt for President Anwar Sadat’s funeral (October 8, 1981). The gathering at the White House was a first. Never before had four Presidents been in the Executive mansion at one time. The normally cheery Reagan looked unusually somber when he met his three predecessors, though all managed to smile while a White House photographer captured the historic moment.
On October 8, 1981, President Ronald Reagan invited former presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter to the White House for a brief speech and photo op before the three boarded a plane to attend the funeral of assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (1918-1981). Sadat, along with eleven others, had been killed two days earlier by a Muslim fundamentalist Egyptian army officer. President Reagan was advised not to attend the Egyptian state funeral, having only narrowly avoided assassination himself seven months earlier. Reagan said in a speech: “On behalf of the country, I want to express a heartfelt thanks to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter, and Mrs. Carter, for undertaking this sad mission. Their presence in Cairo will express to the Egyptian people the depth of America’s grief and sorrow at the loss of a great leader and a beloved friend … ”
This was the first time four U.S. Presidents met. In this historic photograph, Reagan, Ford, Carter, and Nixon, all dressed in dark suits and ties, pose in front of an inlaid and beveled doorway at the White House. The American and presidential flags frame the group at left and right.