I wasn’t quite sure how to title my first post. One of the titles I thought about using was “Who Was Bruno Mancuso?”, but, I chose the one above because I recently bought an amazing collection of First Day Covers Signed by people having something to do with President Kennedy’s Life and Assassination.. These signatures were collected by a woman in Chicago, mostly in the 1960′s. Some people who signed these First Day Covers were better known than others, and some are really obscure, but, very important.
President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson established the Warren Commission to investigate the death of President Kennedy and to prove that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and there was no conspiracy. This site is not about whether there was a conspiracy, or whether Oswald acted alone.
This site is about a woman named Martha, who lived in Chicago and was very “into” President Kennedy. After the Warren Commission published it’s findings in 26 Volumes, Martha read each of the 26 Volumes, and began writing to a lot of people who testified before the Warren Commission, requesting their autograph on a John F Kennedy Cover, which is another word for Envelope.
There are approximately 850 people who replied to her requests. Many of these people are very obscure and only known because they happened to have been in Dallas the weekend of November 22 to 24, 1963. I’m hoping to write about some of these people, and show you their signature.
The amount of people Martha received responses from is staggering, 19 different doctors at Parkland Hospital, 33 people who rode in the Presidential Motorcade, including the driver of JFK’s Limo, and LBJ’s Limo. The three doctors who signed JFK’s Autopsy Report. People who survived the sinking of the PT-109, People who served in the Marines with Lee Harvey Oswald, Relatives and Friends of Jack Ruby, and there’s even a person named Bruno Mancuso.
When Martha wrote to someone, if she didn’t receive a response, she would follow up with a second request in a month, and a third request a month later. Because of this, she carried on correspondence with people for years. And there are a number of letters included from people who were involved in the life, and assassination of President Kennedy.
As I complete my first post, let me leave you with a few images of some of the signed covers I have.
So, these are just a few of the over 2000 autographs I have, and I hope to write about as the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination, which is only five months away gets closer. So, check back to read about people you might have never heard of, but are very important to the history of the Kennedy Assassination, people like Bruno Mancuso, the doctor who delivered Lee Harvey Oswald and Signed his Birth Certificate.