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Monday, April 7, 2014

A Few Random JFK Pictures

John F. Kennedy Through His Life

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Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy aboard the PT-109, Solomon Islands, 1943.
Here are a few John F. Kennedy pictures that I have come across in my wanderings that you may not have seen. I tried to include only ones that are a little unusual and not the typical ones you see associated with him, but which give a good flavor of his life.

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Young JFK.
Everybody loves John F. Kennedy. Well, pretty much everybody. I don't think I've ever met anyone who didn't. Some folks may disagree with his specific actions or particular policies, but the man himself inspires enduring respect.

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John and Rosemary Kennedy at Hyannis Port, 1935.
If anyone is interested in the story of Rosemary Kennedy, please look it up. It is absolutely tragic and unforgivable and I have no desire to write about it for that reason because among other things it is difficult to shade the right way without making certain people either look like monsters or seem less culpable than they were. However, let's let that lie: here we have a beautiful picture of Rosemary and John together while they still could be. JFK fans should remember that he had a wonderful sister, Rosemary, whom he loved, and that they made a beautiful pair. This is a terrific picture and deserves to be seen by those who respect John. The Rosemary situation was not publicized by the family for obvious reasons, so all sorts of horrible rumors flew about it. The truth was bad enough and was even worse than some of the rumors. This picture survives and tells its own story, an important story, and here it shall stand alone.

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JFK became a Lieutenant in the US Navy, a Senator, and U.S. President. One does not have to be of any particular party or political persuasion to admire John F. Kennedy for all the things that he accomplished in his life.

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A smiling JFK shortly before his night encounter with the Japanese.

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JFK, lucky to be alive after the PT 109 adventure, 1944.

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A portrait of John F. Kennedy in uniform in World War II by Robert J. Donovan.

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JFK and Jackie, maybe the early 1950s? A standard photobooth shot. Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward "Ted" Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy
Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward "Ted" Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office. If you are wondering, "Why haven't I seen this one before," it is because you may have - but not like this. This was recently colorized.

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Not sure when this was, probably after attending Church either during or just before the Presidency. 
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Jackie Kennedy reputedly came up with the eggshell blue color of Air Force One.

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John and Jackie, looking stunning as usual. Perhaps the best-dressed First Lady of all time.

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John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in the 1960s
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JFK driving to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. That is probably the Commandant of the Academy beside him, where Jackie normally would sit.

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JFK visits the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, June 1963. He appears to be descending the steps at the famous AFA Chapel, though that is just a guess.

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JFK inspecting the new Air Force Academy.

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JFK in Colorado Springs June 1963. Note the brass band and... the open convertible.
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This is the last time JFK saw his father, in fact, he kissed him once and walked away, then he did something he had never done before, he turned around came back and kissed him again.

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President Kennedy leaves the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, the day he was assassinated, November 22, 1963.


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