Saturday, June 15, 2013

* Churchill cigar and memorabilia of a brief encounter in 1961 offered to Yale

The Sutherland portrait of Churchill presented to him on his 80th birthday by Parliament. He called it a "remarkable example of modern art"  and later  instructed his wife to destroy it after his death (he hated it) which she did, prompting the artist to declare it "an act of vandalism."
Christine Weideman, Director, Manuscripts and Archives
William Massa, Director of Acquisitions
Sterling Memorial Library
Yale University

Larry Dowler, Archivist emeritus, Harvard University

Dear Christine, Bill, and Larry,

I'm am trying to get rid of all my stuff that might have historical significance before I turn 70 in December 2014.

I just realized I still have one treasure to find a repository for: Churchill's cigar and a signed note on House of Commons stationery, and memorabilia from my encounter with him and his entourage in in New York,1961  see link

Fifty years later I still have the cigar his nurse gave me when I hung out at age 16 on the 79th Boat Basin to see him get off Aristotle Onassis' yacht, the Christina, plus matches from the yacht, Churchill's handkerchief with a "10 laundry mark on it, a note from him on House of Common's stationery (Unfortunately I had it laminated 50 years ago.)  and some documents related to the original story.

I am happy to offer this to Yale but it must be shipped very very carefully and with maximum  restrictions to insure no loss.

The cigar has deteriorated, but the band clearly reads "made especially for Sir Winston Churchill".



Paul D. Keane
M.A., M.Div., M.Ed.

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