Memorabilia from White House State Dinner given by President Richard Nixon in San Diego
Memorabilia from White House State Dinner given by President Richard Nixon in San Diego
Memorabilia from White House State Dinner given by President Richard Nixon in San Diego
Memorabilia from White House State Dinner given by President Richard Nixon in San Diego
Memorabilia from White House State Dinner given by President Richard Nixon in San Diego
Memorabilia from White House State Dinner given by President Richard Nixon in San Diego

Memorabilia from White House State Dinner given by President Richard Nixon in San Diego

1970. An interesting and uncommon collection of memorabilia commemorating the state dinner given by President Richard Nixon for Gustave Diaz Ordaz, the president of Mexico, at the Hotel Del Coronado on September 3, 1970. The items were collected and assembled by one of the guests, James S. Copley (1916-1973). Copley was the CEO of the San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego Evening Tribune and was a dominating force in the media industry at the time. He was a staunch conservative Republican who developed a close friendship with Richard Nixon. Copley apparently felt honored to be invited to the occasion and housed his collection in a green clamshell box with a "tray" to display the items. The artfully arranged items displayed in the box are small American and Mexican flags, a matchbook with the presidential seal, two dinner cards with the presidential seal, two menus with the presidential seal, an envelope containing the official invitation and a windshield display, and a telegram to Copley from the White House Social Secretary. Also included in the box are a sheet with "Persons Seated at Mr. James S. Copley's Table;" and three photographs, including two of the head table where California Governor Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, former President Lyndon Johnson, Mrs. Johnson, President Richard Nixon, Mrs. Nixon, and President Gustave Diaz Ordaz were sitting. The third photo appears to be of Copley and his wife getting into their car. Additional items in folders include two clippings from the feature story in the San Diego Evening Tribune on September 4 and related articles, and the September 4 front page of The San Diego Union. The collection is in fine condition. The clamshell box is quarter green leather and green cloth. Gilt titling to spine. There is some sunning to spine and head of covers still near fine. The box measures 9 x 14.25 inches. Fine.

Item #32933

Price: $400.00