"Our 35th President" JFK Inaugural Pennant, Circa 1961

This pennant celebrates the inauguration of John Fitzgerald Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States. Bearing his black and white portrait, the patriotic pennant reads, “Our 35th President / John F. Kennedy.” Made of felt, the pennant has a white field with red and blue letters, blue ties, and a red headband. The celebratory pennant is framed in a custom archival frame complimenting the piece. 

Kennedy's campaign began on January 2, 1960. His main opponents included Hubert Humphrey, Adlai Stevenson, and Lyndon B. Johnson, who would later become his Vice President. In the late afternoon of July 15, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts accepted the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States. Standing before an audience of 52,000 people—with an additional 35 million tuned in via television—Kennedy delivered his acceptance speech, which later became known as "The New Frontier."

The presidential race between Republican Nominee Richard Nixon and Democratic Nominee John F. Kennedy was a race to remember. Amidst rising Cold War fears the public was eager to select a capable leader for what many believed would be armed conflict with the Soviet Union. Making the most of his charm on the televised debates and strategically acquiring the approval of various voting blocks, Kennedy overcame inexperience and religious bias to become the nation’s 35th President.

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition. The felt pennant has a paper-printed portrait of Kennedy pasted onto the medallion. The pennant has some minor soiling at the fly end and some fraying along the edges, as expected with age and use. Otherwise, no notable damage. The pennant is framed according to the highest archival standards including acid-free matting and UV protective glass. 

Framed Dimensions: 18"H x 35"W x 2 1/2"D.




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