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Ferris, Texas man finds possible authentic JFK photo

“How this could have ended up in a small town thrift store, fascinates me,” said George Rebeles of the original Polaroid photo he found.

FERRIS, Texas — A man in Ferris, Texas, made an unusual discovery in perhaps one of the most unusual of places. He’s now asking if the nearly 60-year-old image of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas might have some investigative or even monetary value. 

“I was shocked. I was shocked,” George Rebeles said from his home in Ferris. “And that’s putting it mildly.”

His shock came from a trip to the Souls Harbor Thrift Store in downtown Ferris. He waded through the store’s collections of used furniture and appliances and knick-knacks of all kinds, to reach a pile of music CD’s.

Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Anthology, was the 1970’s treasure he found.

“Oh yeah, they’re consistently good,” he said of the Canadian rockers — whose hits like ‘Taking Care of Business’ and ‘Let it Ride’ have spanned generations.

But, perhaps a month later, he opened it.

“It wasn’t until I turned it over that I noticed what it was.”

An original black and white Polaroid photo was inside the CD case with the date 11-22-63 handwritten on the back. It was an image of the JFK motorcade on that fateful day.

“Of course realized immediately that this was an unpublished photograph. So I was excited,” Rebeles said. “It just struck me as odd to find it in a CD case.”

“The timeline, and where it fits in to the President being assassinated,” he said of one of the many questions he had. “And how this could have ended up in a small town thrift store, fascinates me.”

Fascinates someone else too. Another Farris. This time Farris with an “A.” 

Farris Rookstool, III, is the former

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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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