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Desk pad

Desk pad

Maker: Hermes, Paris (Established in 1837)

Place Made: Paris, France

Medium: Leather, brass, paper

Dimensions: 1 1/2 x 7 x 10 3/4 inches

Black alligator desk notepad with brass hinges containing a paper pad with goldleaf edges.  There are notations on two pages by President Kennedy.  The first page has four handwritten phrases: Good evening my fellow Americans; at every moment in a peaceful world; test ban treaty; Tax program put forward.   This desk pad is part of a 6 piece desk set.

This desk pad was presented to President Kennedy as part of a desk set by the President of France (1959-1969), Charles De Gaulle during John F. Kennedy's state visit to Paris, France in May-June 1961.  President Kennedy kept this desk set on his desk in the Oval Office of the White House.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum