Rare photos of JFK, Jacqueline Kennedy’s maternity dress up for auction

Jackie sliding down the hill after taking wedding party photos on the 300 acre ocean front estate Hammersmith Farm, where the wedding reception was held for over 1,200 guests on September 12, 1953.
Jackie sliding down the hill after taking wedding party photos on the 300 acre ocean front estate Hammersmith Farm, where the wedding reception was held for over 1,200 guests on September 12, 1953. –Courtesy of RR Auction

Rare photos of John F. Kennedy are among over a hundred items being auctioned in commemoration of the former president’s 100th birthday by Boston-based RR Auction.

The photographs, from the Ronnie Paloger Collection, cover Kennedy’s early years, according to the auction house. Spanning 1946 to 1953, the images capture Kennedy’s 1946 congressional campaign, his 1952 senatorial race, and his wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier.

Items belonging to the former first lady, including a watercolor painting and maternity dress, are also being sold in the auction.

Tricia Eaton, specialty auction director for RR Auction, said in a statement that the photos from Kennedy’s 1946  grassroots campaign are particularly significant.  

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“He, recently returned from war and a considered a privileged Kennedy, out of touch with the voters, was not expected to win,” Eaton said in a statement. “Jack was suffering from his notoriously bad back (in fact, in several of these scarce photos he is on crutches) but we see him here out with the people working diligently to gain their trust: in the Italian neighborhood, the Boston docks, at the ‘Kennedy Teas,’ with veterans that were so close to his heart after his brother’s Joe’s passing.”

This photo from JFK’s 1946 congressional campaign shows the Democratic nominee at one of the famous Kennedy ‘tea’ parties sponsored in the fall by Kennedy’s mother Rose and his sisters Jean and Eunice; the three women offered coffee and tea from large silver urns as thousands of spectators waited in line to shake the hand of JFK and his family members after his speech. —Courtesy of RR Auction
JFK campaigning in front of a market in the Italian neighborhood in East Boston during the 1952 race for the Senate. —Courtesy of RR Auction
JFK standing in front of a Boston voting booth on election day in 1952 before casting his vote for himself. —Courtesy of RR Auction

Six of the photos being sold were included in the Time magazine special edition celebrating the centennial on May 29th, according to RR Auction.

The auction, which began May 11, concludes on Thursday. You can see all of the items at RR Auction.

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