Scarce early glossy 7 x 9 photo of Kennedy from his first year in Congress, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "With warmest regards to Kenneth Browne, from John F. Kennedy.” Reverse bears an affixed collector's label indicating that it was signed in 1948. In very good to fine condition, with light overall creasing.
In 1946, 29-year-old John F. Kennedy ran for the vacant 11th Congressional District seat in eastern Massachusetts. To its predominantly working class constituents—located in and around Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Charlestown, and Brighton—Kennedy seemed like a privileged dilettante: he was young, inexperienced, wealthy, and propped up by family and political connections. Yet Kennedy successfully cultivated another image, that of a World War II veteran sympathetic to economic and social hardship. His campaign slogan, ‘The New Generation Offers a Leader,’ emphasized his age positive rather than treating it as a liability. He won the general election by winning 73% of the vote, and went on to serve in the House of Representatives until 1953, when he secured a Senate seat. An exemplary, very early portrait of Kennedy as he began his career in politics.
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