Jack & Jackie

(and Ethel & Bob)

Photos from happy times, when life was a field of infinite possibilities.

Orlando Suero (b. 1928)
Jack and Jackie stroll with Ethel Kennedy in Georgetown, Washington D.C., May 8, 1954

Prior to meeting Jack, Jackie worked for the Washington Times-Herald as a reporter and photographer for a daily Q&A feature. Previously, she had studied at the University of Grenoble in France, the Sorbonne in Paris and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature from George Washington University.

Unidentified photographer
Traveling to Europe on break from college, The Hague, 1937

During high school Kennedy’s instructors often remarked that he was a disorganized student whose work rarely matched his abilities, but an astute teacher noted: ”When he grows up enough to gain seriousness of purpose, he will make a real contribution.”

Paul Schutzer (1930-1967)
Jacqueline Kennedy watching the forth Kennedy-Nixon debate from the wings, New York City, October 21, 1960

The Kennedy-Nixon debates were the first to be televised, striking a new an indivisible union between politics and media. Kennedy later acknowledged that ”It was TV more than anything else that turned the tide.”

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Bobby and Ethel Kennedy casting their votes, Hyannis Port, November 8, 1960

Abbie Rowe (1905-1967)
Opening of the Mona Lisa Exhibit, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., January 8, 1963

Jacqueline Kennedy and the French Minister of Cultural Affairs, André Malraux, facilitated the loan of the Mona Lisa to Washington D.C. for an historic three-week exhibition. This was the first time the painting traveled to America.

Then, on Monday February 4, 1963 – exactly 56 years ago today – the masterpiece entered the Metropolitan Museum of Art where it remained for three and half weeks.

Nearly two million people clamoured to view the Mona Lisa during her short stay in America.

Photos were on view in the New-York Historical Society

September 23rd, 2017


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