Rare JFK Images from CBS found at Thrift Store

Jfk in Chair CBS

Update 01/03/10: This story (and my little blue head) was featured on CNN Headline News today!

Update: 12/31/09: JFK Library is now doing research into the photos. Will know more in a few weeks, also the media has picked up the story as well. Miss Destructo with JFK Photos on ABC News -Watch the video here! :)

Update 12/29/09: Thank you for all the great feedback on these photos. So far our greatest lead is the photographer is possibly Cecil Stoughton who was JFK’s personal photographer and lived/died in FL in his later years. I have also contacted the JFK library for further information.

I was at my favorite thrift store and I stumbled upon a collection of 8×10 original archival photos from CBS featuring design manager Lou Dorfsman (He branded CBS and designed the eye) many of the photos were labeled with “My boss Lou Dorfsman” and seemed to be of CBS staff.  Then further on down the pile I stopped as my jaw dropped at the sight of President John F. Kennedy doing what seems to be an interview, many of these are candid shots printed on 8×10 with archival numbers scratched on the back in pencil.

See more photos after the jump….

JFK Cbs 2

We snatched up as many as we could afford, including a photo of Bob Denver (Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island) and Marlene Dietrich in her older years with Ed Katz and Lou Dorfman. The shots of JFK however are the stars of the show and are in pristine condition.

Marlene Dietrich, Ed Kats, Lou Dorfman

Bob Denver

We went home to do some research and these are from the CBS Special with JFK  “After Two Years – a Conversation With the President.”

JFK CBS Interview

It was tough leaving some of them behind as there was a whole pile of CBS photos, but at 10 Bucks a photos and us already struggling with unemployment we got the best out of the pile.

I went back later and the rest were gone, I didn’t want some random collector snatching them up to sell them to private collections or having them sit in a box for years. I plan on keeping these photos in safe keeping unless a museum or archival service wants to buy them, so please don’t email me about prices. I am a huge history buff and historical value of these means more to me than anything, hence why I am posting these photos for all to see. Enjoy!

18 Comment

  1. Soben says: Reply

    Holy Crap, that is just plain awesome!

    I always found it odd how stuff like this can be lost in time and found in thrift stores and the like. You'd figure that people would be on top of these pictures from the start…

  2. very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  3. So very cool! The best thrift shop reward: stuff that not only is impressive and meaningful to you, but also the world!

  4. Kevin says: Reply

    Very cool, I would be psyched to find something like that

  5. Thanks!! It's just sad that we didn't get the other photos. I hope whoever bought them at least they find this post and do the right thing, store them and don't sell them on E-Bay.

    1. geo says: Reply

      That is just amazing! Reminded me of the story about the elderly woman who found some old baseball cards and put them on Ebay, ended up selling for thousands!

      I'm going to forward this to my mom, as she allways loved JFK. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Forget the JFK pictures, the one of Bob Denver was obviously from the Dobie Gillis days as he still sports the beatnik goatee as Maynard G. Krebbs.

  7. gramme says: Reply

    Amazing photos!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Tuff guy says: Reply

    It's not like these are connected to some great historical event. There are thousands of photos of JFK out there and here are a couple more sitting around waiting for some interview to start. WOW!

  9. dabney says: Reply

    The 1st one looks photoshopped. You can tell by his head on the body and the color.

    1. The images on here are pictures of 8×10 photos. The images were color corrected in photoshop due to glare. The head in the first photo does look strange, but it's due to the way he is sitting.

  10. Little bit of an update. These photos may have been taken by Cecil Stoughton who was JFK's photographer during the time. Not confirmed yet. Contacting JFK Library as well.

  11. Dr. Mary Pat Jordan says: Reply

    Bob Denver was JFK's drug czar.

  12. Imagine how the next shopper felt over his/her find—until they read this and learn about what they missed out on! Good for you!

  13. Hi. Just read the story today and it got me thinking about some color JFK images in my possession. I just posted them and you're welcome to take a look when you have time.
    All the best from Canada.

  14. Joseph says: Reply

    I recently came across this story when I saw your Marlene Dietrich photos on Flickr, which led me to write about it in a little series I do on Dietrich-related Flickr images. I'll link my blog post as my website. Let me know whether you'd prefer that I not embed your Flickr photos. I just got excited to see these photos of Dietrich, which are from a rather notorious press conference she did at the Waldorf-Astoria on Dec. 13, 1972 to publicize her televised concert, An Evening With Marlene Dietrich.

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