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heng44
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posted 06-29-2013 01:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Watching the Mercury flight of astronaut Alan Shepard on television on May 5, 1961, are (l-r) Attorney General Robert Kennedy, McGeorge Bundy, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, Arthur Schlesinger, Admiral Arleigh Burke, President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

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posted 06-29-2013 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder where the photo was taken, it appears to be someone's office.

I guess for a 15 minute flight it wasn't a problem to stand and watch it.

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posted 06-29-2013 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the big honkin typewriter in the foreground and the cluttered desk, I'd say it was in the secretary's office just outside the Oval Office. At least JFK did not need three television sets like LBJ did.

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posted 06-29-2013 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is indeed Evelyn Lincoln's (President Kennedy's secretary's) office. Below is a photo of the same room somewhat later in his term.

Ed's photo was taken from the area where Kennedy is standing. Same honkin' typewriter, lamp, wall rack (now filled with flags) and credenza, but the nice zero-bezel TV with carrying handle has been carted off and replaced by books.

This image came from Evelyn Lincoln as part of the provenance for the rocket bank seen on the shelf behind the president's left shoulder.

Appropriate to Ed's picture, an accompanying letter reads in part "There was tremendous interest in the launching of the various men into outer space and a great deal of excitement around the White House waiting for the countdown. A member of the staff was fortunate to be at one of the launchings and ... gave this rocket to the President upon his return. It remained on President Kennedy's desk in the Oval Office for a while and then was discarded."

Strangely, I was working on this picture in Photoshop just before reading Ed's post.

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posted 06-29-2013 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David, you are correct about it being E. Lincoln's office. I believe that there is still a television on the credenza in your picture. It is to the left of the books and under the plant. The adult on the left, in the white blouse, is obscuring it with her head, but one can see the channel selector dial just to the right of her hair. It is obviously not the same model as in Ed's picture.

heng44
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posted 06-29-2013 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info, guys. All very interesting.

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posted 07-02-2013 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very evocative photo of Camelot and the young space program, with Mrs. Kennedy looking glamorous, as always. I remember seeing this exact picture with a caption stating Shepard's and all US flights were to be conducted in the full glare of the press and the world, in contrast to the secretive USSR program. By the way, Ed, it's spelled Jackie with an -ie, not a -y. Aren't you glad you post on this forum-you learn things every day LOL

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posted 07-02-2013 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is one of the reasons I love collectSPACE!

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