Signed John F Kennedy Cecil Stoughton Photograph Easter White House Autograph
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Signed John F Kennedy Cecil Stoughton Photograph Easter White House Autograph:
Cecil William Stoughton (January 18, 1920 – November 3, 2008) was an American photographer. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Stoughton is best known for being President John F. Kennedy's photographer during his White House years.
During World War II he was assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit.
He was a captain in the United States Army Signal Corps when he was assigned to the White House Army Signal Agency. Stoughton's behind-the-scene pictures of John and Jacqueline and their children in their public and personal life were pivotal in shaping the public's view of the U.S. first family. He took over eight thousand pictures of the family spanning the 34-month period beginning with Kennedy's inauguration and ending with his assassination.
Stoughton took the only photograph ever published showing John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe together. Stoughton was present at the motorcade at which Kennedy was assassinated, and was subsequently the only photographer on board Air Force One when Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the next President. Stoughton's famous photograph of this event depicts Johnson raising his hand in oath as he stood between his wife Lady Bird Johnson and a still blood-spattered Jacqueline Kennedy. Stoughton recounted this event and his service as White House photographer during Johnson's first two years in office in an oral history contributed to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.Iconic photograph by Cecil Stoughton of President Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in, following the assassination of President John Kennedy. President John F. Kennedy with his son John F. Kennedy, Jr. in 1963
In 2008, Stoughton appeared on the television series Antiques Roadshow and recounted his story and presented prints of his photographs from his personal collection, including a print of his photograph of Johnson being sworn in that Johnson had signed, and a photograph of Johnson in the Oval Office as he signed the photo of his swearing in. All the items together appraised for $75,000.
He died in Merritt Island, Florida,
just nine months after his appearance on Antiques Roadshow describing
his iconic photograph, which was done as part of the LBJ Centennial.
Stoughton died a little over two months after the 100th anniversary of
Autograph in our Profiles in Courage
Charles Hamilton's Autopen Patterns
John Kennedy has one of the more variable signatures of our Presidents both over time and even on the same day, as shown in some of the examples below. The first task in authentication is to ascertain whether it is a preprinted or facsimile signature or is an autopen. The ink shadow on the dust cover flap and examination of the signature rule out a preprint or facsimile signature. Autopen's are mechanical copies of real signature. I examined all of the known autopens from the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) "Study of Machine Signed Signatures" and none of them match. Above are pictures of the two autopen patterns of John Kennedy identified by autograph expert Charles Hamilton which comes closest to our autograph. While neither of the two examples above are an exact match they have a lot of similarities.
The UACC study of the Presidential autographs of John F. Kennedy by Paul K. Carr which is pictured above also provides examples of Kennedy secretarial signatures by Evelyn Lincoln, Jill Cowan and Priscilla Wear and they do not match our autograph. Finally, I reviewed all the Presidential signatures of Kennedy in the UACC study and picked out the ones below which appear to be the closest matches. Below I have pictured some of those with our example in the middle for comparison. They clearly appear to be written by the same person even though Kennedy became more sloppy and distinct during his Presidency and even the three proven examples from one day, September 14, 1961 are not identical.
Autograph in our Profiles in Courage