Rare Signed Photograph of Abd Al-Karim Qasim
QASIM, Abd Al-Karim (1914-1963). Army Brigadier of Iraq, twenty-fourth Prime Minister, Minister of Defense. He came to power when the Iraq Monarchy was overthrown during the 14 July Revolution. Qasim deposed King Faisal II and assassinated hIm and his family. He was known as “The Leader.” At one time early in his career he was nicknamed “The Snake Charmer.” He served in the Arab Israeli War from May 1948 thru June 1949. There was an assassination attempt on October 7, 1959 and Saddam Hussein, who was part of the group, fired shots into Qasim’s car hitting him twice, once in the arm, the other in his shoulder however he survived. The chauffer was killed. Some of the would be-assassins were captured, tried, and were executed.
Saddam Hussein who in the confusion, was shot in the leg by a fellow assassin, fled to Syria. Qasim ruled the country as the Prime Minister until his downfall. During the 1963 Ramadan Revolution, he had a show trial and after trial was shot.
Very rare postcard photograph of Qasim, 3.5”x4.5”, B&W, head and shoulders pose in uniform facing right and smiling. On the lower white margin, in purple ink he has signed his name. Under his signature he has written: “Leader Abe Al-Karim Qasim, 14 July 1958.” Of the few signed photographs ever to appear in the autograph market, this is the first time this image has appeared. To our knowledge, this is the finest signed photograph and signature of Qasim to be offered. Together with a small portrait of Qasim after being executed..................$695.00