Thursday, February 4, 2016

TBT: When the Suit Was Just Pretty

In the 1950s and 60s, my father sold tires in Washington DC at 23rd and M NW. He had occasion to meet many influential people at this job as well as just ordinary folks who wanted to get tires while they were at work.  One of them was a White House photographer who gave this photo to my father. It had been taken in mid  November 1963 at the church of St. Stephen the Martyr on 24th and Pennsylvania Avenue.  A young president and his wife at a church that was just built in 1961.  FBI agents on both sides of them.

Who knew what was to come and what that suit would symbolize to most any Americans who were alive at that time. Sadly, by the time the photographer gave this photo to my father in spring of 1964, we all knew.

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