February 6, 2015: Incredible, never-before-released original photographic proof booklet, containing 27 images of John and Jacqueline Kennedy will be part of an upcoming live auction event by Boston, MA based RR Auction.
The astonishing images include: Jackie smoking freely; the first lady sitting cross legged, bare feet and hands clearly on display; a back-brace-free, shirtless JFK swimming (proof strip notated on reverse, “hold”), Jack enjoying himself on a yacht and exhibiting uncharacteristic strength by pulling himself up the boat ladder; the president sitting at a round table whilst intently speaking with Bunny Mellon about redesigning the White House Rose Garden; and JFK smoking a cigar and behind the wheel of a small boat.
The unpublished images taken by Washington Post heiress Katharine Graham at Bunny Mellon’s Cape Cod beach shack, produced directly from the original negatives - show JFK and Jackie on an August 1961 visit.
The lot also includes 15 high-quality original photographs of various finishes. All but one of the photos (contained in the proof book) picture Jack and Jackie, either together or separate. Most images show the Kennedy's and their friends gathered on the back patio of the Mellon’s quaint beach shack, but there are a few on the beach front, in the water, on a larger boat, and on a small boat with just Jack, Jackie, and Eunice Kennedy.
The 26-acre Mellon estate, set in Cape Cod’s Osterville, and featuring 1,000 feet of continuous shoreline, was sold in 2013 for nearly 20 million. Despite that, the here-offered photos were unpretentiously shot at the sprawling estate’s beach shack.
January 31, 2015 Notes: Rare view of items on President Kennedy's phone table in his White House bedroom. Table was located to the right of the bedroom's fireplace. The table featured a lamp, phone, artwork (possibly by Caroline) and photographs of the President with his brothers in Palm Beach 1934, and Caroline (close up below).
Sources: JFK Library including May 1963 film by Cecil Stoughton. Images edited by Steven L. Brawley.
January 29, 2015: Steven Brawley, Editor-in-Chief of PPB, was quoted in today's Washington Post about his role as moderator of the Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Facebook group.
January 25, 2015 Notes: Rare view of Jackie's White House bedroom looking Northeast. During this time, Jackie was beginning to work with Stéphane Boudin to update the room originally created by Sister Parish in 1961. This image shows the arrangement of artwork to the right of the doorway and the TV in front of the fireplace.
Source: JFK Library May 1963 film by Cecil Stoughton. Image edited by Steven L. Brawley.