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The Buck Stops Here! $1 bill signed by President Truman  

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"The Buck Stops Here!" $1 bill signed by President Truman

Truman, Harry S.

Key West, Florida


December 1949



  • Silver Certificate $1 bill signed “Harry S. Truman” as President. Signature has faded from being exposed to sunlight with portions of it having adequate contrast.
  • Printed “Presidential Party Pass / U.S. Naval Base, Key West, Fla.,” 4” x 2.5”. Filled in by typewriter next to Name “Phil Regan” and Status “Guest.” Expires “Dec 20 1949.” Signed in ink “Harold A. Hayes, Jr.” Major, USMC.
  • Circular identification card, “Trip of the President,” presidential seal in center. Handwritten in unidentified hand: “Phil Regan / Pasadena, Cal. / Key West, Fla. / Dec. 1949.” Hole at top for string so it can be worn.

All three items neatly mounted on a 7.5” x 9.25” thick brown card. 

On November 28, 1949, President Truman departed by plane from Washington for Key West, Florida, for a three-week vacation. He returned to Washington on December 20, 1949. Regan’s name appears in the official log of President Truman’s November-December 1949 trip to Key West, his seventh as President to the “Little White House.” Irish tenor Phil Regan (1906-1996) was a lifelong Democrat who had sung the National Anthem at the 1940, 1944, and 1948 Democratic National Conventions. “Los Angeles Times” columnist Bill Henry reported in his January 21, 1949 “By the Way..with / Bill Henry” column that Regan “sang ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at practically every official occasion during the [Truman] inaugural…” Regan was a guest of President Truman at Key West. According to an article in the November 21, 1951, issue of the “The Washington Post,” at a dinner given at the Mayflower Hotel the previous evening by the Women’s Democratic Club in honor of President and Mrs. Truman, “Phil Regan, Irish tenor, sang the National Anthem…”

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