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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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This is not news, but the photo itself is newsworthy. JFK was a notorious ladies' man. The difference then was that there was an unspoken agreement to overlook sexual transgressions. Once women entered the workforce in a major way, such unspoken agreements fell by the wayside. Sex scandals just didn't exist before the 1970's. All the politicians and reporters were men. Great get, TMZ!

1757 days ago


I am in Europe, lol!

But I'll read the link.

1757 days ago


the photo may have caused a scandal, but probably wouldn't have changed the course of history as TMZ wants to believe. It was common knowledge within political circles that the Kennedys were partiers and that their father was a bootlegger who had an affair with Gloria Swanson. None of this was secret. Our world today is much more prudish and puritanical that 50 years ago. It's a great photo, but that's all.

1757 days ago


wow this is amazing, i wonder how world events would on changed it this photo had been made public.

1757 days ago

MY EYES!!!    

That settles it. When I get reincarnated I'm making sure I'm a filthy rich 1950s teenager with access to yachts.

and thats a lot of boobies

1757 days ago

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

JFK was a real man, unlike MJ.

1757 days ago


It's not him. His brother, maybe.

1757 days ago


HOW DARE YOU (ender024) say you are glad he got assassinated??????? That is DISGUSTING!! Just because he dallied with other women does not mean he deserved to be killed!!! You are just an ignorant MORON! John F Kennedy was a fantastic president and the world would have been a lot different (and better) if he had lived to run the country! Pull your head out ender024!!!

1757 days ago


What is it, power and uhh....oh, SEX!
Its a package deal.
The ego it takes to go into politics, or any other high profile career and women who marry these guys..what else can be said. These women who marry powerful men are attracked to the power, wealth and status.

1757 days ago


And to all the other idiots that had the nerve to say they are glad he was assassinated! As someone else said, that is a sick thing to say! He may have had an eye for the ladies but I say if he could run the country as well as he did while he was playing around (and the same for Clinton) then more power to them!!At least they weren't MORONS like George W!

1757 days ago


Here's a thought: If those women are alive today, those perky breasts are sitting on their stomachs.

1757 days ago


You are all idiots, and TMZ is the biggest idiot of all. First off, not even sure it looks like him, very easily could not be him, and do you now how easy it is to get old pics, reproduce and use old paper to do it??? Does no one think that there is no more paper left from 40, 50 or 60 years ago. You people are so stupid, and for TMZ to have gotten a "SPECIALIST", lol, you are all so dumb for believing it.

1757 days ago


Not that it's important, but I superimposed the image of JFK on the image of the man at the boat (well chosen JFK picture, btw). Eyes and hairline match fairly well, but the ear lobes look completely different, the boatman's visible ear being much bigger as well. The area between nose and upper lips appears longer on the boatman, and the area between lower lip and chin shorter.

Erinnyc, good point about politics and media being all male-dominated at the time, hence the "gentlemen's agreement" not to tell about sexual transgressions.

As for JFK being so male compared to MJ - if being manly can be measured in the number of straight women and gay men lusting after you, I think MJ beat JFK. :)

1757 days ago


So Kennedy ws a dawg. Thank you for pointing it out, captain Obvious.

1757 days ago
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