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Vintage photos of:
President Kennedy on that dark yet sunny day in Dallas 50 years ago, minutes before he was assassinated.
November 22, 1963. "Overview of crowds of people waving as President John F. Kennedy and his wife sit in back of limousine during procession through downtown Dallas, Texas; Texas Governor John Connally and his wife ride in the limousine's jump seats." New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.
Circa 1921 in New York, the British pianist and conductor Ethel Leginska, who achieved a dubious renown for skipping out on her concert performances, including a memorable non-appearance at Carnegie Hall. Cooking-wise, we'd zap that another 30 seconds on High. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.
April 12, 1929. "King Tut, President Hoover's big German police dog, now makes the rounds of the sentry boxes in the White House grounds through the night. He is shown with W.S. Newton of the White House police." State, War & Navy building in the background. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.