A fine black and white classic photo of Edward ("Ted") Kennedy, 1932-2009, United States senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, brother of President John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, hand signed and inscribed in ink, in the collar area: "To Ronald with this appreciation for your good work in August campaign/Ted Kennedy". (Last words difficult to decipher but this is my best guess of those final words). Judging from the youth of the subject, I would suggest the photo image itself dates to possibly as early as 1962, and no later than 1964, making this a very early photo of the senator, before the infamous Chappaquiddick incident of 1969. He was appointed US Senator in 1962 to take over the seat vacated by John when he became president, and then won the seat on his own in the 1964 election; so, we can infer that the inscription refers to the 1964 campaign. The photo appears through the glass to have some handling creases and marks which do not greatly affect the overall presentation. There is a white mark under his nose, above the lip, that is somewhat more obvious, and a few other white marks such as in the hair and the lapel, which might be due to flaws arising from the original negative or the printing of the photo. The historical appeal of this item lies in the early date, around the time of the assassination of his brothers, when his own political career was forming, and before Chappaquiddick cast its long shadow. Kennedy went on to a long career in public service as a prominent Democrat advancing the liberal/progressive agenda, finally succumbing in 2009 to a brain tumor. The photo itself measures 9 1/2" by 7 1/2" (15" by 13 1/2" framed).
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