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John F. Kennedy Photographed Hours Before His Assassination, Cecil Stoughton's Owned Example, Slabbed Type I

A black and white original photograph, measuring 10" x 8", Fort Worth, Texas, dated November 22, 1963. A large image of John F. Kennedy speaking to a large crowd in front of the Hotel Texas, the morning before the assassination. Kennedy is photographed from behind. The image is a 1st generation photograph, developed from the original negative, taken and owned by Cecil W. Stoughton. The image has been encapsulated, certification No. 84224776.

President Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy stayed at the Hotel Texas, in Room 850, on November 21, 1963. The next morning, Kennedy exited the hotel to address the large crowd that had been gathering since dawn. He then re-entered the hotel and gave an address, his last, to nearly 2,000 supporters in the Crystal Ballroom. Hours later the president was shot and killed in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Cecil William Stoughton (1920-2008) was an American photographer, famous for being President Kennedy's official photographer during his years in the White House. He took over 8,000 photographs of the Kennedy family, both public and private, from the inauguration to the assassination. Stoughton famously took the only photograph ever published of JFK, Bobby Kennedy, and Marilyn Monroe together. He was also the only photographer present on Air Force One when Johnson was sworn in, and captured the iconic image of Johnson flanked by his wife and the still blood-splattered Jackie Kennedy.

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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