New John F. Kennedy assassination photo found in Texas thrift store

A Texas man hunting for treasure in a local thrift store accidentally came across a piece of tragic history reportedly never seen by the public.

George Rebeles purchased a used copy of rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s music CD “The Anthology,” and inside it he found an original black and white Polaroid photograph of President John F. Kennedy moments before he was shot.

The photo shows Kennedy inside his motorcade as it left Dallas Love Field Airport nearly 60 years ago. The date 11-22-63 is handwritten on the back.

After finding the photo, Rebeles said he had many questions, including “the timeline, and where it fits in to the President being assassinated, and how this could have ended up in a small town thrift store fascinates me.”

According to the JFK Library, the president and First Lady Jackie Kennedy arrived at Love Field at 11:38 a.m. Kennedy was shot in downtown Dallas around 12:30 p.m. 

According to JFK historian Farris Rookstool, the picture appears to have been taken as the presidential motorcade left the airport.

But while it captures a moment in American history, the picture most likely isn’t worth much. Rookstool said the people in the photo looking away from the camera and a door to the motorcade being closed instead of slightly ajar, a detail seen in other photographic evidence of the shooting, lowers the picture’s monetary value.

Rebeles meanwhile said he’s interested in learning who took the picture and how it ended up inside a used CD case in a second-hand store.

“I’m not a huge conspiracy nut or anything like that, but sometimes things don’t quite add up,” he said.

Rebeles found the photo at Souls Harbor Thrift Store in the city of Ferris near Dallas.

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