Wartime press photograph of Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and his daughter, Mary, making an appearance before British troops during the Potsdam Conference on 20 July 1945
Wartime press photograph of Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and his daughter, Mary, making an appearance before British troops during the Potsdam Conference on 20 July 1945

Wartime press photograph of Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and his daughter, Mary, making an appearance before British troops during the Potsdam Conference on 20 July 1945

Potsdam, Germany: 1945. Photograph. This is a wartime press photograph featuring Winston Churchill (1874-1965) and his daughter, Mary (1922-2014), making an appearance before British troops in the midst of the Potsdam Conference on 20 July 1945. The photo measures 6 x 8.25 inches (15.2 x 21.3 cm). Blue print on a paper strip affixed to the verso is titled: “CHURCHILL GIVES V-SIGN | TROOPS AND NAVY ANSWER WITH CHEERS” and is dated “20-7-45”. Print below the title and date reads: “Men of the British Army and the Royal Navy | spotted here Mr. CHURCHILL who greeted theme [sic] | with the V-Sign. They answered with cheers, some | of them clicked their cameras. Behind Mr. Churchill | is his Russian body-guard. On left is his daughter | Mary. | RAMAGE/F.KEYSTONE493535 | REPRODUCTION FEE: LONDON PAPERS: £3/3/- | Provincial papers: £1/1/-“ Ink-stamped on the verso below the affixed paper strip is: “BILDSERVICE | KEYSTONE | PRESS AGENCY LTD” and the agency’s London address. Written in pencil above the affixed paper strip is: “E 59 fred”. The photo is in very good condition with only slight corner wear and minor rippling along the top edge. Following the German surrender on 8 May 1945, the three allied leaders, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the new U.S. President Harry Truman, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, agreed to a summer meeting to negotiate postwar reconstruction in Europe. The conference was held in Potsdam, in occupied Germany, from 17 July to 2 August 1945. The conference - the last of the "Big Three" meetings during the Second World War - coincided with the UK General Election of 1945. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour in the General Election less than a week after this photo was taken, on 26 July 1945. He would be relegated to Leader of the Opposition for more than six years until the October 1951 General Election, when Churchill’s Conservatives outpaced Labour, returning Churchill to 10 Downing Street for his second and final premiership. Churchill’s youngest child Mary (later Mary Soames) served as his Aide-de-Camp for many of his overseas trips including the 1943 Quebec Conference and the 1945 Potsdam Conference, as seen here. She would later author a number of books, including a 1979 biography of her mother, Clementine Churchill, Winston Churchill, His Life as a Painter (1990), and a personal memoir. This photograph is housed in a removable, archival mylar sleeve within a rigid, crimson cloth folder with satin ribbon stays. Item #004483

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