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John F. Kennedy Assassination Original UPI Teletype Archive
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $580.00
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, remains one of the darkest moments in American history. In an era without twenty-four-hour cable news stations or the internet, information was disseminated much more slowly than in modern times to the American people regarding the tragedy. At the time, reporters and newsrooms across the country anxiously awaited each new teletype transmission to provide them with an update of the unfolding chain of events. Offered here is an incredible archive of original UPI teletypes chronicling the Kennedy assassination. Consisting of thirteen individual sections, these teletypes chronicle the time period from the first initial report of the attack on November 22nd to the funeral ceremony on November 25th. Most of the reports included here deal with the assassination itself and the funeral ceremony, which is covered in great detail. Although nearly everyone today is fully aware of the events following Kennedy's assassination, reading about them here in these wire transmissions, a record created as they unfolded, leaves one with both a unique and sobering historical perspective on the tragic event. It should be noted that since these are the actual news teletypes from the time, not all of the information transmitted relates to the Kennedy assassination; however, it is certainly the focus of most bulletins. Presented here is a brief sampling of the reports contained within these historical reams, beginning with the first bulletin: "Sniper seriously wounded President Kennedy in downtown Dallas Texas today...perhaps fatally"; "Witnesses said there were three loud bursts of gunfire. Motorcycle police escorting the President quickly leaped from their bikes and raced up a grassy hill"; "The vice president was somewhere in the hospital...he was badly shocked by the shooting. Doctors were trying to keep him as quiet as possible"; "A Dallas policeman was shot and killed today as he chased a suspected assassin of President Kennedy through a movie theater in the Oak Cliff section of the city"; "President Kennedy is dead...Lyndon Johnson has been sworn in as the 36th President of the United States"; "Just a little while before he was assassinated, Jacqueline Kennedy turned to her husband and said 'You can't say Dallas wasn't friendly to you.' Mrs. John Connolly told newsman of the remark. Dallas police say they have a prime suspect. He is identified as Lee Oswald, 24-year old chairman of the 'Fair Play for Cuba Committee.'"; "His lips sealed forever, his body in secret service custody, Lee Harvey Oswald lay without mourners today in a heavily guarded Fort Worth Funeral Home. The possibility of an attack on his corpse has not been overlooked"; "Thousands upon thousands stood in hushed silence as the funeral procession moved through the streets"; "An eternal flame will burn at the end of John F. Kennedy grave..." As previously noted, this archive includes thirteen individual sections, in the form of rolled reams of paper, with the largest roll measuring over eighteen feet in length (the width of each roll page is 8.25 inches). In total, the teletype rolls would measure approximately forty-five feet in length if totally unfurled. Aside from a few minor tears along the bottom borders of a few rolls, the collection is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $580.00
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