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JFK Assassination Aftermath, Original Teletype, November 23-24, 1963

14pp and one blank page, measuring 8" x 10.5", no place, dated November 24, 1963. A record of world-wide reactions to Kennedy's assassination, edited by R.H. Theiling and J.A. McIntyre, and published by W.H. Hinzman. Reporting of the aftermath of and reactions to the assassination of 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), with statements from world leaders around the globe, from China, Cuba,  Rome, etc. Excerpts include:

Tokyo, Nov. 24: "The leaders of China's millions have shed no tears over the assassination of President Kennedy. The Communist government on the mainland reported the tragedy briefly yesterday in a four-paragraph dispatch eight hours after it occurred. Today it blasted the new President, Lyndon Johnson, as a reactionary and follower of Mr. Kennedy's 'Trickery Policy.'.."

Miami, Nov. 23: "Premier Fidel Castro expressed doubt tonight that Lee H. Oswald, accused slayer of President Kennedy, was a leader of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee of the United States. He also said his regime had no connection with the President's death. He charged that 'the most reactionary elements' in the United States are trying to link him with Oswald and the assassination..."

Vatican City, Nov. 24: "Pope Paul VI told 31,000 persons in St. Peters Square today that the assassination of President Kennedy reveals 'How great a capacity for hate and evil there is still in the world and how great a threat to civil order and peace.'..."

In a separate "Reactions" section are reports from across the United States and read in part:

"North Carolina State Chancellor refused to cancel the Friday night game between North Carolina State and Wake Forrest and said Kennedy would have wanted it to go on. State won 42-0. In Columbia, South Carolina, a local radio station (WCOS) was flooded with calls demanding cancellation of the 61st Annual Clemson-South Carolina game. 'What have we to cheer about?' a south Carolina cheerleader asked. In Philadelphia an audience of 2,000 was listening to the Philadelphia Orchestra...The orchestra manager came on stage to announce that Kennedy had been assassinated. Cries of anguish rose from the audience and it filed silently out...The Nation's leaders expressed their grief in sorrowful statements. Harry S Truman called Kennedy's death 'A tragedy.' Dwight D. Eisenhower, his eyes red, called it a 'despicable act.' Herbert Hoover said he was 'shocked and grieved.'...Arkansas Gov. Orville Orval Faubus who also clashed with Kennedy over Civil Rights said, 'This is a tragedy of the greatest magnitude. It is shocking beyond belief and seems incomprehensible. The president was a great American, the chosen leader of his people.'..."

Also included is a haunting description of Jackie Kennedy, following the death of her husband, reading: "Washington, Nov 24 ----Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, the late president's widow, weary and red-eyed from weeping, spent most of the day comforting her children, Caroline, 5, and John Junior, who will be 3 tomorrow. She passed a sleepless night, most of it sitting by her husband's body, still wearing the crumpled pink suit blood-spattered in Friday's tragedy. Friends said she refused to change or clean up for more than 16 hours. How she was bearing up was not disclosed, but already there were reports that she planned to discuss the White House takeover with the new First Lady. The move was already underway - among the first of the Kennedy's belongings to be trundled out were two of the late president's well-loved rocking chairs." 

There are also moments of welcome distraction buried within the teletype transcript. The world had certainly stopped after Kennedy's death, but the news also carried sports scores, updates from Saudi Arabia, and news of the Soviet Union being ousted from the Congo, among others. The teletype has flattened folds, light toning, and foxing. Pages have been stapled together. Bumped corners. The last pages is more heavily soiled, with chipping and tears at the top edge. From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

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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