Historic Emile LaVigne Telegram from Richard Nixon. In the first of four historic televised debates during the 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy not only looked better physically, he also came off as polished, articulate, and mature, giving a performance that dispelled many people's worries that the young senator was too inexperienced to be president. His opponent, Richard Nixon, was recovering from an illness, wore ill-fitting clothes, and sported a visible five o'clock shadow. It was an appearance that said a lot in the still-young medium of television, though people listening on the radio felt the debates were a draw, and set the tone for televised political debates to this day. This Western Union telegram, dated October 5, 1960, was sent to make-up artist Emile LaVigne from the Republican National Committee between the first and second debates. It reads: "Sir: your patriotic and magnanimous offer to make up Mr. Nixon is hereby accepted. Congratulations!". Unfortunately, it would be too little, too late, as Nixon ultimately lost the election by a narrow margin, and would have to wait eight more years to make it to the White House. A curious piece of Americana, the telegram is in Very Fine to Excellent condition with mild wear and tanning and some light fold creases. From the Emile LaVigne Estate.

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