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The JFK Photo That Could Have Changed History

12/28/2009 4:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a never-before published photograph which appears to show John F. Kennedy on a boat filled with naked women -- it's a photo that could have altered world events.

John F. Kennedy Photograph
We believe the photo was taken in the mid-1950s. It shows two naked women jumping off the boat and two more naked women sunning on the top deck. Just below the top deck -- a man appearing to be John F. Kennedy is lying on a deck, sunning himself.

TMZ had multiple experts examine the photo -- all say there is no evidence the picture was Photoshopped. The original print -- which is creased -- was scanned and examined for evidence of inconsistent lighting, photo composition and other forms of manipulation. The experts all concluded the photo appears authentic.

A forensic photo expert says the print appears to be authentic. The expert says the photo is printed on paper consistent with what was used in the 1950s. The emulsion on the surface of the print has numerous cracks -- the result of aging and handling.


There are numerous articles and books on President John F. Kennedy which mention a 2-week, Mediterranean boating trip that JFK -- then a Senator -- took in August, 1956, with his brother Ted Kennedy and Senator George Smathers. The trio reportedly entertained a number of women on the yacht. Jackie Kennedy was pregnant at the time and was rushed to the hospital while JFK was an the boat. Doctors performed an emergency C-section, but the infant was stillborn.

A forensic analyst superimposed an image of Kennedy taken at the Democratic National Convention in August 1956, just days before Kennedy went on the Mediterranean cruise. The analyst says the features from the two pics almost precisely sync up. TMZ has also had two Kennedy biographers examine the photo -- they also believe JFK is in the picture.

The photo was eventually given to a man who owned a car dealership on the East coast. The man kept it in a drawer for years, and would brag to friends he had an image of JFK on a boat with naked women. The man died 10 years ago and one of his sons inherited the photo.

Had the photo surfaced when John F. Kennedy ran for President in 1960, it could have torpedoed his run, and changed world history.

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466.

Sloane    

thanks to all of you avid Playboy "readers" with great memories we may have solved the mystery!

photo definitely real- decade is not

and thoughts that the unidentified man is JFK are way off the mark because of the time frame

once again- thanks to the Playboy readers

1696 days ago
467.

mel if    

The boobs at least are 1950s. Big!

1696 days ago
468.

democratsarefascists    

Nice try.

I have the Gordon pictures in front of me and you're liars.

"536. thanks to all of you avid Playboy "readers" with great memories we may have solved the mystery!

photo definitely real- decade is not

and thoughts that the unidentified man is JFK are way off the mark because of the time frame

once again- thanks to the Playboy readers

1696 days ago
469.

Linda    

Marianne - What a MORON YOU ARE my dear!!! It was reported that he was on a Mediterranean boating trip. Do you even know where the Mediterranean sea is at MORON? Probably not idiot! If he was indeed there, he was most likely partying with European women who are open minded and wore much less clothing and smaller bikinis back then! The fashion "professional" you agree with, was probably a fashion "professional" here in close minded America, and NEVER worked with fashion in Europe! Simple research will show you MORON that a french man redesigned the bikini in 1946!!!!

1696 days ago
470.

bxd    

beautiful fake. Same if it was certainly the ordinary way of life for a kennedy :|

1696 days ago
471.

The Truth    

There were bikinis at that time, and Brigette Bardot was around with a long hair style.

You know the song "itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini"? That was from that era. There were small bikinis then.

If you look up the history of the bikini, it was around since the 1940's!

1696 days ago
472.

Jealous    

Lucky guy

1696 days ago
473.

Jin    

This is NOT JFK, it's a photoshopped fake. The original photo was in the November 1967 issue of Playboy. Here's a link to post with the original color version posted: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x7340534#7340813

1696 days ago
474.

DoctorSerizawa    

The photo is a confirmed fake. Playboy has got the original photo. Hell, chronic m@sturb@tors have been wanking to it for 40+ years. But the lie is racing around the world as the truth is just getting out of the gate. Good job, TMZ, smearing a dead man.. another conservative republican mission accomplished.

1696 days ago
475.

RIP DOLLA    

the one that was jumping to the far right is fake-lol
maybe the guy is ted kennedy-lol
the photo is fake-lol
THIS IS COMEDY-DUMB PPL ARE HILARIOUS

1696 days ago
476.

reeblite    

look at the lower earlobes. different men.

1696 days ago
477.

DoctorSerizawa    

democratsareloonies, the photo is a proven fake. the latest in a long series of attempts to smear a dead man. conservatard cowardice at its finist.

1696 days ago
478.

Papermoon    

Doesn't surprise me for the simple fact that most of the people in history who have been put on pedistals have been found out to have had questionable lifestyles when the truth comes out. That shows you not to think too highly of any famous people! They all have secrets lives!

1696 days ago
479.

Quiet    

60 Years Later!!
Obama with all of tigers girl friends jumping ship lol

1696 days ago
480.

Valerie    

Hmm .. and where would these lovely ladies be today. Ladies, if you see this article, would you please speak up?

Change world history is an understatement.

1696 days ago
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