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Beatnik JFK: 1957

Beatnik JFK: 1957

September 1957. "John F. Kennedy wearing sunglasses." Is that you behind those Foster Grants, future Mr. President? Photo by Toni Frissell. View full size.

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Neither Ray-Ban nor Saratoga

Those sunglasses appear to be neither Ray-Ban nor the American Optical Saratoga model that JFK favored in the period after this photo was taken and throughout his Presidency. When I bought my first pair of Saratogas ($7.00, in 1968, rising to $12.00 by the time I bought my last, ca.1971), the optician commented, as I was paying for them, "These are the ones JFK wore."

Just when I thought-

I had seen every photo of the very well-documented JFK, another one surfaces. And after usually seeing him on our BW television or in the local paper's BW print, I was surprised by just how reddish brown his hair actually was upon seeing him in 1963, an unforgettable experience.


Isn't this how Jackie Kennedy first met him? She was a photographer for a local newspaper here in Washington.

Not Raybans

Unless they've changed the style of the bows since the 50s, those are not Wayfarers.


Southern Pacific Company - producer of telephone poles? What a great photo...

[The letters refer to the kind of pole, in this case southern pine treated with creosote. -tterrace]

Certainly Not

Maynard G. Krebbs

Ray Bans?

Gotta be Ray Bans - JFK was far too rich for Foster Grants

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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