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JFK and the Polaris Missile, 1963


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Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd
based on an original negative published by the US Navy

  • Collectible giclée fine art print;
  • Hand Printed in England, with individual embossing;
  • Ships with Certificate of Authenticity;
  • Guaranteed archival quality for over a century;
  • Each sale directly supports the artisan;
  • Global shipping available;
  • Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing;

This historical photograph has been meticulously researched and rendered into colour from a black and white original by a skilled artisan, continuing a craft tradition that has existed since photography began.

"In the aftermath of WW2 and the looming threat of nuclear war, the, a secret programme began in the mid 1950s to develop a missile that could deploy a hydrogen bomb warhead that could be conveyed by submarine. The long-range Polaris was conceived to be fired underwater on a moving platform, making it nearly impossible to counter attack, thus giving the US Navy the broad responsibility of being the nation’s nuclear deterrent. This photograph shows then President John F. Kennedy observing the firing of a Polaris A-2 missile off the coast of Florida. The windbreaker you seen him wearing was presented to him by the crews of both the USS Observation Island (the ship he was on) and the USS Andrew Jackson, the submarine that fired the missile. This image was cropped from the original which showed the presence of television crews filming the event."

– Jordan J. Lloyd

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ABOUT THIS PHOTOGRAPH Taken 16 November 1963, 11:45am. USS Observation Island, off the coast of Florida, United States (Naval History and Heritage Command)

Original caption reads,

"L55-15.02.09 President Kennedy on the USS Observation Island viewing Polaris Missile Launch from USS Andrew Jackson."

Our prints come in popular sizes with a white border for easy framing. Small prints will ship in a stiffened envelope rather than a postal tube.

S (A4) – 21 × 29.7 cm / 8.3”× 11.7" inches
M (A3) – 29.7 × 42 cm / 16.5”× 23.4" inches
L (A2) – 42 × 59.4 cm / 16.5”× 23.4" inches
XXL (A0) – 84.1 × 118.9 cm / 33.1”× 46.8" inches

Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts. More information about our prints can be found here.
‘Made–to–Order’ colorized fine art prints, proudly produced in St. Leonards, East Sussex, England. This is a derivative work. Photographs for illustration purposes only. Please note that all giclée art prints are currently supplied unframed. More information about shipping and returns can be found here.