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Unseen photo of JFK before assassination found in Texas thrift shop

This picture might be worth way more than a thousand words.

A bargain shopper discovered a never-before-seen photo taken on the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in a Ferris, Texas, thrift store.

George Rebeles found the Polaroid snapped on Nov. 22, 1963, in a CD he purchased at Soul’s Harbor Thrift Store.

He was browsing the aisles for a CD of Bachman Turner Overdrive’s “The Anthology” album and only later uncovered the JFK snapshot from that infamous day.

“I was shocked, I was shocked — and that’s putting it mildly,” Rebeles, 53, told WFAA upon stumbling across the 59-year-old photo. He noted that he hadn’t opened the CD case until a month after he purchased it.

The black-and-white image showed the late president riding in his motorcade in Dallas, with the date “11-22-63” inscribed on the back.


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The black-and-white photo was taken shortly before Kennedy’s assassination.
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Soul’s Harbor Thrift Store in Ferris, Texas.
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“Of course [I] realized immediately that this was an unpublished photograph. So I was excited,” Rebeles continued. “It just struck me as odd to find it in a CD case. How this could have ended up in a small town thrift store fascinates me. It wasn’t until I turned it over that I noticed what it was.”

Farris Rookstool III, a former FBI analyst and JFK historian, told the local ABC outlet that the mysterious photo of the 35th president was probably taken as the motorcade left Love Field in Dallas, Texas.

Rookstool said he gave an “Antiques Roadshow” interpretation of the old photograph to determine the location. He noted that Love Field is a fair distance away from the spot of the assassination.


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The old pic was inscribed with the date of JFK’s murder: “11-22-63.”
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