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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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Not impossible that JFK would be on a both with lots of women, but I have TWO OBJECTIONS.

1. The man's features. The eyes match, but he has no chin. JFK had.

2. Tan marks on the woman jumping into the sea. She seems to have been sun bathing with bikini bottoms on - only, in the fifties bikini bottoms reached the waist. Her pale part indicate a bikini from the early seventies.

1739 days ago


that looks like so much fun. what a lucky guy.

1739 days ago


Even if this picture turns out to be JFK with a bunch of naked women on a boat, who cares?

I do not understand the fascination that people have with the private lives of public personnas. I don't care that Tiger Woods had affairs, that's none of my business. I also don't care that Bill Clinton had affairs, again none of my business.

Just as I wouldn't want all of my private life filmed and on page one of a sleezy tabloid, I don't think we have the right to dig up all kinds of personal information on people just because they are famous. This picture is none of our business, even if it was discovered right before the election.

I think the American public and reporters and paparazzi all need to grow up and start worrying about the "real news" like our wars, the economy, the homeless, etc.

1739 days ago


The bikini hit in 1941 and thong backed bottom bikinis in 1946.

On the page that the below link takes you to, near the bottom of the paragraph it has a link to bikini history with pics:

As far as that being JFK, who knows? It could be Teddy for that matter. It sort of looks like his part is on the wrong side while on the boat. lol

1739 days ago


Tiger Woods got's nothing on President Kennedy. Tiger's a slut puppy compared to a bonafide pu**y wolf.

Seriously, all rich and powerful men always had access to beautiful naked women. There is no reason to publish this photo now or ever. The American public should show respect towards this man for his service in WWII and his tenure in the senate, his overall dedication of public service. It's still sad he was gunned down like an animal. Why desecrate the dead for sins long forgotten?

For the person who wrote they are glad he was assassinated. You wrote that for shock value. So sad you have so little knowledge of his whole story and base your view on one photo. Educate yourself about his WWII service, his Pulitzer prize book, his accomplishments during his presidency; civil rights, the space race and the peace corps, to name a few. He was not only well educated and well loved, he was phenomenal.

1739 days ago


It astonishes me to read all these comments from people that think JFK was a great president. Most historians rank JFK as a below average president, and actually did more harm than good. People, please do me a favor, study your history and leave your political beliefs out of it.

1739 days ago


That's a photo from a playboy magazine from the mid sixties with JFK inserted into it. It looks like fake to me. His face should be of the same focus as the women's faces if it was taken at a distance.

Of course I'm not saying JFK was not on a boat with lots of naked women.

This is how insane it has gotten with these sick muckraking media outlets. This stuff is a sign of rot, decay and decline.

1739 days ago

San Diego Girl    

Such bullsh*t Jonny. Only republican historians would say so. Kennedy initiated many programs that have defined our modern era (the space race, for just one). He was a brilliant man, a war hero, and a very charismatic, beloved president. And of course more handsome that any republican could ever hope to be!

1739 days ago


I lived in the fifties, and no one had a thong except maybe in strip clubs, where they wouldn't get a tan. You were either dressed or naked. The bare midriff was a big shock when it arrived.

JFK was a great president and died too early. He would not have continued the Vietnam war, and he was aware of over-population and hazards to the environment. He had read (yes, he read books) Rachel Carson's "Silent spring" about poisoned nature killing birds, and it made a deep impact on him. He was nuts when it came to sex and women, which partly, I suppose, was based in the fact he didn't get the one he loved (not that wasn't fond of Jackie).

But that didn't diminish his other accomplishments, and I am so happy there was no TMZ in the fifties or sixties. Still, I see no harm in this photo now - it's part of history that those things happened and we should know about it.

1739 days ago


Ummm, read the link.

In Europe and etc... the thong was a big deal in 1946.

And read the TMZ article - it states that this photo was likely taken in the Mediterranean, not here at home.

1739 days ago

Madam Obvious    

Wow, what a find! It is well-known that JFK was a manwhore, so I guess we really shouldn't be surprised by this. If the photo had surfaced during his Presidential campaign in 1960, you're right, his run would have been torpedoed instantly, and history may well be different. Absolutely fascinating!

1739 days ago


I don't care if the photo showed President kennedy with a boat full of naked men...he has been dead for decades...leave him alone. Was there no new trash on living celebrities available that you have to show this as breaking news?? Give me a break!

1739 days ago


Like someone else already said it is very clear that the two men have their hair parted on the opposite side.

The TMZ hired "experts" are embarrassing themselves.

1739 days ago


i remember reading a bio of jackie kennedy yrs ago, and the fact is her husband was a slease bag when it came to WOMEN.. he DOGGED AROUND that is a PROVEN FACT.. however this picture if it is AUTHENTIC would have changed WORLD HISTORY because there is NO WAY HE COULD HAVE BEEN ELECTED PRESIDENT if it came out at the time.. thank god it didnt.. the world is a SAFER PLACE . ALL YOU HATERS CAN HATE ALL YOU LIKE.

1739 days ago


82. Such bullsh*t Jonny. Only republican historians would say so. Kennedy initiated many programs that have defined our modern era (the space race, for just one). He was a brilliant man, a war hero, and a very charismatic, beloved president. And of course more handsome that any republican could ever hope to be!

Posted at 4:02AM on Dec 28th 2009 by California Girl

Thank you California Girl. Love it!! Our boy Jonny probably kisses George W's picture everyday before the prison guards let him out of his cell for his one hour of exercise. They have a few books in the prison library so his view is skewed toward prison literature.

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