50 years ago today President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Texas. The news shocked the world. These photos look perfectly normal snaps until you find out more about them and then they become incredibly powerful.
The photo above was taken earlier that day when the President and a smiling Jackie Kennedy arrived at Love Field airport around 11:40 am. Little did they know that Kennedy would be dead within an hour. His body would be flown back to Washington on Air Force One from the same airport that afternoon.
Jackie Kennedy’s suit hasn’t been seen since. It has been preserved in a climate-controlled vault by the National Archives along with the blouse, shoes and tights all still stained with JFK’s blood. It is not allowed to be publicly seen until at least 2103.
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