Family photos of JFK as a youngster made available online

Family photos of JFK as a youngster made available online

A collection of rare photographs of the Kennedy family have been digitised and made available online.

The photographs capture the Kennedys in their younger years, when they were just an ordinary American family enjoying time together on holidays and around the house.

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Family photos of JFK as a youngster made available online

It is a great look back in time to see the fashions and trends in America from the time when cameras were becoming readily available to the public.

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There are more than 1,700 vintage photographs of the Kennedy family in the collection. The originals had been stored in subfreezing temperatures to slow down the chemical decomposition.

An 18-month campaign was launched by The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to capture all the images digitally and make them available to the public all across the world by posting them online.

Nicola Mantzaris was part of the digital archive team that worked on the project. She said: “It’s just fun to see where the camera took them.

“If you think about your own family photos and in what disarray they are in and just the volume — there’s definitely a universal aspect to this.”

The campaign was launched last year to coincide with celebrations marking the 100 year anniversary of President Kennedy’s birth.

Most of the photographs were taken in the 1930s and 40s, when black-and-white cameras had become part of family life in America.

Patrick Maney, a Boston College professor who specializes in presidential history spoke about the project.

He said: “They’re the closest counterpart to a royal family that Americans have.

“There’s a perception that it was a golden age in America, and in some ways it was.”

There is also a sense of poignancy about the photos, with the young family still innocent before they went on to experience great success and of course tragedy in their respective fields.

Professor Maney was at high school when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. More than 50 years later, he believes President Kennedy’s legacy and star power are still as strong as ever, saying: “He’s frozen in time.”

You can take a look at the collection online by visiting jfklibrary.tumblr.com.

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