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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Photos by My Father: JFK on the New Haven Green

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Photos by My Father, added, per Aiken's comment:



Photo by My Father, Center Church Crypt, added per Aiken's other comment:


22 comments:

  1. A wondrous time-capsule.

    But what country were these photos taken in? I can't seem to place it.

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  2. The first picture makes me sad. It's stunning and mind boggling how the words of Ted Sorensen delivered by JFK were so different compared to what we have to endure today.

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  3. Magnifique. This obviously a campaign stop. It’s not the visit when he said “I now have the best of all worlds, a Harvard education and a Yale degree.”

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  4. Who, I wonder, is the bow-tied Nixon fan?

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    1. Interesting how different we think today's world is , yet that guy's having trouble with local LE , and he's even well dressed . Times don't change ....

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  5. JFK had a special relationship with New Haven. Kennedy and then Mayor Richard Lee were close political friends. JFK came to New Haven in 1957 when he was a senator to campaign for Lee. I'm pretty sure Lee was the first city mayor to endorse Kennedy during the 1960 Democratic primaries. Lee's relationship with Kennedy (and later, LBJ) brought a lot of federal money into the city, primarily for Urban Renewal. New Haven was one of the last stops JFK made before election day. These photos would have been shot two days before, on November 6, 1960.

    Aiken

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  6. Isn't it interesting how timeless both Jack and Jackie look? They never look dated.

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  7. And I love Jackie's dress. I'd wear that today! So classic.

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    1. Better grab it at Brooks Brothers before it's too late!

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  8. Last photo—face hidden. But everyone everywhere knows who this is!

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  9. How very wonderful! Thank you so much!

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  10. What an absolutely amazing series.

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  11. Very historical photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Great pics. I wish he would have been as safe in Dallas.

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  13. I've never been to New Haven but it's interesting to note the three classically New England churches in a row on the green. Really not very big, though, and where are the parish halls?

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    1. No parrish halls. They would have had a separate meeting hall, common throughout New England.

      Trinity, Center, and United churches are aligned on the Green. The Green was originally set up as a common area for grazing, market, and also as a burial ground, though burial ended at some point and the headstones dating back into the 1600s were transferred to the Grove Street Cemetery a few blocks away.

      The floor of the Center Church is elevated and in its lower level is a crypt with original headstones. Benedict Arnold's wife lies within the crypt.

      With respect to the Green serving as a burial ground, although the headstones were relocated to Grove Street, the remains remained. I forget how many are estimated buried under the Green, but it's in the low-to-mid-thousands. Hurricane Sandy hit Connecticut pretty hard and uprooted an old, large tree on the Green. A skeleton entangled in the tree's roots was also exposed.

      Aiken

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    2. Thanks for the explanations. None of the churches in my hometown had space for burials but in Tidewater Virginia and other nearby locations, it is still a common practice. In fact, my wife's parents were buried at a very old church in the Northern Neck of Virginia. A few of the oldest headstones were relocated inside the parish hall. The city and suburban parishes around here only have columbariums and some don't even have space for that.

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    3. Were not each of the three churches under construction at the same time, on or about 1814?

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