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Abraham Zapruder, Filmed JFK Assassination, Signed Postal Card

A First International Airmail Postal Card signed by Abraham Zapruder (1905-1970), the Dallas dress manufacturer who captured the most complete movie footage of the assassination of 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) on November 22, 1963. Zapruder has signed the card as "Abraham Zapruder" in the address section. The First International Airmail Postal Card 11-cent card features a 4-part cachet depicting, from left to right, Mt. Rainier, New York City, a Plains Indian on horseback, and Miami Beach. Postmarked from Washington, D.C. on May 27, 1966. Slightly toned, else near fine. Lightly pencil-inscribed by a collector verso. 5.5" x 3.25." Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

Abraham Zapruder was a Ukrainian-American immigrant who co-founded a dress manufacturing concern located near Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. On November 22, 1963, Zapruder stationed himself on a cement wall, which gave him an unobstructed and slightly elevated vantage point from which to film the presidential limousine as it passed directly in front of him. Zapruder filmed 26.6 seconds, or 486 frames, of the assassination using his hand-held 8mm Bell & Howard movie camera, providing the most complete and uninterrupted footage of JFK's shooting. The film footage was of invaluable importance in the subsequent criminal investigation.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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