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President Kennedy Photo Archive of Six 8 x 10 Photos

Superb collection of 6 large 8" x 10" close-up photos of President Kennedy taken during his Presidency 1961-1963. Five photos are black and white, one is in color. Three of the six outstanding photographs depict Kennedy participating in a motorcade riding in an open Lincoln convertible while standing up. Kennedy was known to have loved open convertibles, and held the naïve belief that he would be safe. One photograph has an inscription by the White House Photographer, Cecil Stoughton "For the Clifton's - who made it all worthwhile - from a grateful, Cecil Stoughton". Please see images for additional details. Photographs in near fine condition, two are housed in a green leatherette binding which is very good condition with but one small tear in the cloth at the bottom of the spine with tape applied over it. 9.5" x 11.5". Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

President Kennedy loved riding in convertibles with the top down. He did it all his adult life, sometimes even in the rain, and when he became president saw no reason to end his wind-swept affair with the convertible.  He also enjoyed that it offered a casual but important closeness riding in an open car offered to his onlookers who were there to watch the motorcades. Kennedy believed security and comfort should take a back seat to the political value of being seen by the people. He was known to have taken an open car in Paris in 1961, with French president Charles de Gaulle, even though it was pouring rain. "'Let's take the open car,' Kennedy said, and de Gaulle ordered the top of the convertible Citroën limousine taken down," writes Richard Reeves in President Kennedy: Profile of Power. "Kennedy was stripping off his raincoat; de Gaulle immediately did the same. The two presidents, soaking wet within moments, waved and smiled as their open car turned into a long alley of black umbrellas and cheering men and women." 

Unfortunately, riding in open cars did not end well for Kennedy and ultimately that practice was taken advantage of when in one of the darkest moments in American history he was shot while riding in an open Lincoln convertible. The assassination on November 22, 1963, shocked the world — and also led to a total rethink of how the presidential cars are designed. (By the Reagan administration the design switched to armor and bullet proof glass)

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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