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    FDR's Cape

    This is exactly the sort of cape that Franklin Delano Roosevelt wore at the Yalta conference. He wore it there with a grey flannel D/B suit underneath it. Looked incredibly good. This particular one was made two years before the Yalta Conference.

    I am shocked that it went for such a low price on eBay. Did anyone here win it?



    The auction was here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Amazing-Vintage-...QQcmdZViewItem






    And here are photos of FDR at Yalta. (Thanks, Scotrace!) Note his cape:





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    Holy Crimony! I'll take four at that price.

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    Heartbreaker

    Oh no... that makes me ill. I would have bid to the death for that cape.

    The pictures of FDR at Yalta have always held a big fascination for me because of that cape! He looks really great in it and I thought it took some courage to wear it. Few men could have pulled it off - he made it look dramatic. It adds to his legend, I think.

    Probably, it was chosen to help disguise his wasting frame, as his health was failing rapidly.

    Thanks once again Marc. Who would EVER think that such a thing would turn up? Not even on my radar. I would have eaten toast for six months to buy that cape.







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    It's probably the coolest thing that a U.S. president has ever worn. (Abe Lincoln's stovepipe hat was more distinctive than cool.)

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    Quite a hero mystique wouldn't you say?
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    Radical.

    I never knew it was a standard item available to naval officers. I thought F.D.R. had it tailor made.
    There must be a few more of these capes out there somewhere.
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    It was a standard item, which made FDR even cooler for adopting it. (Remember that during World War I, he was Secretary of the Navy.)

    Sort of like Napoleon wearing a standard corporal's uniform throughout his life.

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    And yes, vintage ones pop up on eBay, but they usually go for much more money. This one went cheap, and its velvet collar is in unusually good condition.


    A few years back, the J. Peterman catalog sold reproductions of it for more than $500.

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    Whoaa!

    Should have sold for big bucks then! Army officers could also wear a cape with their evening dress uniforms if they wished.
    I have never seen one of those offered for sale anywhere either.
    People just overlook rare items at times, not realizing what they are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maj.Nick Danger
    I have never seen one of those offered for sale anywhere either.
    I've seen three of these in thrift stores -- at different times, of course. All three were badly moth-eaten, and the nap was worn off of the velvet collars.

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