18 December 2003
THE PROPERTY OF A WEST COAST ESTATE
HOOVER, Herbert (1874-1964), President. Broadside "The Child's Bill of Rights," signed ("Herbert Hoover"), as President of the American Child Health Association. [Washington, D.C.?]: Tiffany & Co., for the American Child Health Association, n.d. [1923?].
Folio broadside (28¼ x 24¼ in.). Bold heading (in letters 1¾ inches tall) "The Child's Bill of Rights"; beneath is the preamble: "The ideal to which we should strive is that there shall be no child in America..." followed by the 8 principles comprising the Bill of Rights (see illustration); a large initial capital "T" printed in blue and gold, oversize facsimile signature of Hoover (8¾ in. long) at lower right, emblem of the American Child Health Association at lower left. Crack along left-hand margin neatly mended. Professionally matted and preserved in a museum-quality giltwood frame.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, 1923. Hoover himself had been orphaned at the age of 10. Both as Secretary of Commerce and later as President he took a pronounced interest in efforts to improve the welfare of children, serving as President of The American Child Health Association, founded to further these goals. The Association designated May 1st as national "Child Health Day," and sponsored studies on the health and well-being of children. Its documentation of the nation's high rate of infant mortality gave impetus to reforms in maternity care, midwifery and the pasteurization of milk. As President, Hoover increased the budget of the Children's Bureau and hosted the White House Conference on the Health and Protection of Children in November 1930. It issued a nineteen- point "Children's Charter" that was directly derived from the 1923 Child's Bill of Rights presented in this most unusual, oversize broadside.
Very rare: this is the only copy of the Hoover broadside offered at auction since at least 1975.
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