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Lot #102
Lee Harvey Oswald 1955 Civil Air Patrol Photograph

15-year-old Lee Harvey in the Civil Air Patrol

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Estimate: $1000+
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15-year-old Lee Harvey in the Civil Air Patrol

Vintage matte-finish 3.25 x 4.25 portrait of Oswald in his Civil Air Patrol uniform, annotated on the reverse in blue ballpoint by his mother, “Lee, age 15 1/2 Civil Air Patrol picture taken in N. O. La. [New Orleans, Louisiana], Enlargement made at,” with an arrow pointing to studio stamp, and signed by her, “Marguerite Oswald.” In very good condition, with slightly trimmed edges, a vertical crease to the left border and moderate mounting remnants to reverse from previous display in a scrapbook (affecting Marguerite’s notations and signature, though most writing is legible and showing through remnants). Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from University Archives. Marguerite initially sold the photo to Dr. John Lattimer, a notable researcher of the Kennedy assassination. In 1955, Oswald joined a squadron of the Civil Air Patrol in New Orleans, where one of the instructors was the mysterious David Ferrie—a name that would come up in future investigations of the assassination. An incredible photograph from Oswald’s youth with direct provenance from his mother.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #512 - Ended November 08, 2017