Lot 5: John F. Kennedy Circa 1942 Signed Photo
8th November 2017
Remarkable vintage circa 1942 glossy 6 x 4.75 photo of a young JFK in the pool, humorously signed and inscribed in fountain pen to his sister, "For Sister Jean, It only took five easy lessons. Love, Jack.” In very good condition, with clipped corners, trimmed edges, and heavy overall creasing. Accompanied by an unsigned vintage glossy 3.5 x 5.75 deckle-edge photo of brothers Joseph Kennedy, Jr., and Ted Kennedy together in the pool. From the estate of Kennedy's sister Jean Kennedy Smith. Kennedy had long been an accomplished swimmer, having been on the varsity squad at Harvard. He put these skills to good use in April 1943 while stationed in the Solomon Islands, when his PT-109 torpedo boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Kennedy and his surviving men swam three miles to a nearby island to await rescue. An incredible family photo boasting a poignant inscription considering what was soon to come.
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