Friday, January 14, 2011

the kennedys

As this month marks the 50th anniversary of JFK's inauguration and an era that has captivated the public at large with the ongoing success of Mad Men, it seems the perfect timing for yesterday's announcement that the entire Kennedy Library archives have been digitized and are now available online.

Audio, video, letters and photographs all documenting the 35th president's truncated time in office - and it's all pretty fascinating.

I've only spent a little time looking around, mostly at pictures of Jackie who looks so much like my grandma in her youth.

The pictures range from the iconic to the more unusual (for the time) candid shots that we see of the Obamas in the White House photo stream on a daily basis.

I love this black and white profile shot with the light catching the metallic threads in her dress.

And this dreamy pastel-tinged picture of Jackie in India.

Her face juxtaposed with the Mona Lisa in the background.

And only hours away from that fateful moment, arriving in Dallas, November 22, 1963

I have a lot more looking to do, and listening. Definitely worth some time spent exploring: JFK Library