1958 Lincoln Continental MKIII- John F. Kennedy in Oregon,1960

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1958 Lincoln Continental MKIII- John F. Kennedy in Oregon,1960


4 in stock

Scale : 1:18

Color : John F. Kennedy in Oregon, 1960

Barcode : 657440047074

N.W. 8.90 KGS

G.W. 10.20 KGS

Per CTN: 6 PCS

Carton CBM : 0.1

4 in stock

SKU: 4707 Category:


1958 Lincoln Continental MKIII Open Convertible – John F. Kennedy in Oregon, 1960

On April 23, 1960, a Land Camera owner attended the 1960 Pear Blossom Festival parade in Medford, Oregon. The Grand Marshal that year was Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination; our Polaroid photographer captured the senator’s visit in at least two instant pictures.

The partially-visible man at the far left, in necktie and belted trenchcoat, seems to be Pierre Salinger, JFK’s press secretary during both the 1960 campaign and his presidency, and later a European correspondent for ABC News. (I should have been able to figure that out on my own, but presidential historian David Pietrusza, author of 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon, identified him for me.) I’m not sure who the lady standing to Senator Kennedy’s left is.

And the bowtied gent in between Salinger and the lady — why, that’s Wally Watkins, the man who drove Kennedy in the Pear Blossom parade. Born in 1926, Watkins was a local businessman, involved at the time in real estate and timber. Almost fifty-three years later, he’s still a resident of the Medford area today. (Thanks to Paul Fattig of Southern Oregon’s Mail Tribune, who’s profiled Watkins in the past, for putting me in touch with him.)

On January 2, 1960, Kennedy initiated his campaign for president in the Democratic primary election,
John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president at noon on January 20, 1961.
President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 pm Central Standard Time on Friday November 22, 1963

Additional information

Weight 2.5 kg
Dimensions 47 × 17 × 15.5 cm