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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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LYING on the deck, not LAYING. Learn English.

1763 days ago


Whoremonger. Nothing new here. The only Kennedy who had any class died in a plane crash with Lauren Bisette Kennedy.

1763 days ago


JFK was a great man! See the last word...MAN! He knew how to get women. All you boys who are trashing on him are just jealous. BTW...last I heard it was bad karma to to say horrible things about people who were dead.

1763 days ago


The men's hair is parted on different sides...Didn't think men change the part in their hair. I'm not convinced its JFK. The facial features of the man on the boat seem fairly generic- could be anybody.

1763 days ago


If that photo is fake (it has a TMZ watermark on it, blimy!), then the woman going up the ladder is Kelly LeBrock. Look at the face and hair. Yep. LeBrock.

1763 days ago


Re: Bikini Lines

If you are seriously challenging the authenticity of this picture based on the tan lines - ya'll are silly.

The girls would likely be European (since he was supposedly on a Mediterranean cruise. They wore more revealing suits..
Exhibit 1: Brigitte Bardot 1953

I have no idea if this is authentic or not - I wouldn't doubt that it is, but if it's a fake, it's not because of the tan lines.


1763 days ago


America's finest day will be when all the of politically inclined Kennedy's are Dead Kennedy's. Royalty has no place in the USA.

1763 days ago


"29. Did bikinis really exist in the 50s? I don't think so..

Posted at 2:39AM on Dec 28th 2009 by mcr"

Yes, moron they did.

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1763 days ago


That's not him. The shape of the head is wrong. You guys need to find real jobs. This hounding people to death is just a sorry ass way to live off somebody else's celebrity.

1763 days ago


To Adrian and others.. It doesn't matter what your political misguided predetermined views are, anyone who says they're glad that someone.. anyone was assassinated, is the 'real' idiot.. not to mention an ignorant d-ic-k-head.

And by the way, I'm willing to bet I know far more about the Cuban Missile Crisis than you would ever be "willing" to know.

1763 days ago


None of this is NEW news. Everyone pretty much already knows that if the press in the 1950s and 1960s were as obnoxious as it is today, the same kind of stuff would have been coming out way back then.
And everyone already knows that JFK had numerous affairs, some with famous women, some with not famous women.
How does this "new" photo offer anything interesting?

1763 days ago


Yep, TMZ you are way off! I've just ran a few tests and I'll bet that is a linotyped reproduction of an assembled "photograph" (like a collage really) probably dating to the early 60's. The grain is way too consistent across the picture to be a 50's era photograph. It looks just like the little "square halos" present in a 60's linotype printed image. The original assembled image was probably 8x10 and then it was photographed and printed on the final stock. That's probably why there is so much contrast deviation in the picture.

The "dark arts guys" from that era were brilliant as this photo can attest. This also explains why it was in somebodies drawer for years - it's a fraud. TMZ, you need to get some new experts...

1763 days ago


Response to Hexicon: English is constantly changing, and people can use it any way they want. Just ask Webster, Oxford and George Bush. George can tell you about all that talkin strategery.

1763 days ago


Melody, nice catch. Men do not normally change the side they part their hair on. This pic couldn't be any faker if it included Carrot Top in the background. LOL

But TMZ supporters will claim that there were ginger dudes like Carrot Top with his steroid muscles and heavy facial makeup even back in the mid 50's that hung out with the elites/democrats , LOL

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