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Personal diary of Kennedys' White House nanny auctioned for over USD 3k

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The personal diary of the during the administration, which details the formative years of the former US President's kids between 1957 and 1962, has been sold for USD 3,327 at an

The diary of Maud Shaw, which contains 22 handwritten pages, covers the emergence of teeth, first steps, first words, illnesses, and a detailed record of their nutritional intake.

With a resume that featured positions in England, Iran, and Egypt, Shaw was hired by the Kennedys in 1957 to care for the newborn Caroline while JFK was still a senator, according to US-based RR

Regarding Caroline, Shaw notes in July-August 1959, "Says Da-Da, laughs very loudly, play pat-a-cake."

Most notably, under the first entry for John Jr, "born 25th November 1960," Shaw notes that he was two weeks premature.

"Weight 6 lbs 3 ozs, slow gaining weight, put on full strength Simalax a Beef, 3 times daily at 4 weeks, I look on John, 28th Feb 1961," she wrote.

In March 1962, she notes that John is "repeating words after me - very well."


Accompanying the diary are four hand written letters addressed to Shaw by a young Caroline, dated 1965-1967, two of which are postcards, illustrating the warm relationship Shaw shared with the children in the years immediately following their untimely departure from the

"Thank you so much for The Finding Out Treasury. It is so good. I read about how Smallpox Vaccination was invented. It was very interesting. I didn't have time to read anything else as I was busy opening presents. John loves his book too," Caroline wrote in one letter.

Another letter, postmarked March 26, 1967, says, "I miss you. We are in now. It is beautiful!"

A third letter, postmarked January 1, 1966, says, "Thank you very much for the pink thing (I don't know what to call it) and the picture frame. I have it here in "

Shaw remained in the Kennedys' employ for more than seven years and became one of the most trusted, and evidently adored, adult influences on the closely protected children.

Held in such high regard by the Kennedys, Shaw was given her own private quarters in the White House, where she could be reached at a moment's notice.

When the and first lady were tasked with other matters, Shaw became the fixed parental figure, and it was Shaw who ultimately informed five-year-old Caroline that her father had died.

Shaw detailed her service in the memoir Nannie: My Years with Caroline and John Kennedy, Jr, published in 1966.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 12:40 IST
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