Description: Oswald Lee
Lee Harvey Oswald's Dallas Mug Shot, Limited Edition Print from Original Negative!
Gelatin silver print composite photo of Lee Harvey Oswald's mug shots taken in Dallas, Texas on November 23, 1963 following his arrest for the suspected assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the murder of Dallas Police Officer J. D. Tippit. Printed from a negative found in the papers of photography expert Cecil Wayne Kirk, and used in connection with his testimony before the 1978 House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation. A first generation exhibition-quality print, numbered 25 of 50, in extremely fine condition. University Archives authenticity stamp verso.
The 10" x 8" photograph shows two side by side black and white bust portraits of Oswald (1929-1963), one facing forward, the other in profile. The prisoner, wearing a loose fitting white undershirt, is shown seated in a chair. The police placard above his right shoulder lists the city, date, and Oswald's prisoner number 54018. This particularly sharp and crisp print is so detailed that the iodine stains surrounding wounds on Oswald's neck and forehead are clearly visible.
Oswald, entrenched on the 6th Floor of the Texas School Book Depository located in downtown Dallas, had fired at the President's motorcade around 12:30 pm. After escaping, Oswald encountered Police Officer Tippit, whom he purportedly shot, and then fled into the Texas Theatre. Oswald was discovered there and wounded when Dallas police officers attempted to disarm and subdue him. By 2 pm, Oswald was in police custody. These mug shots were taken sometime during the next day.
Cecil Wayne Kirk (1938-2011) was a police officer, investigator, and photography expert who served with the D.C. Metropolitan Police from 1960 to 1980, during which time he assisted with the federal investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In 1978, Kirk testified before the House Select Committee on Assassinations as a photography expert. During these hearings, Kirk would help prove the veracity of the oft-disputed photographs of Oswald posing in his backyard with the rifle he allegedly used to assassinate John F. Kennedy.
Kirk used Oswald's November 1963 mug shots when studying all known images of Oswald to determine the identity of a man in an Associated Press photograph; the unknown man resembled Oswald and was shown standing in the doorway of the Texas School Book Depository moments before Kennedy was shot. The Warren Commission concluded that the individual was Billy Nolan Lovelady, another employee of the School Book Depository. Critics have disputed that assertion over the years, but the 1978 House Select Committee came to the same conclusion.
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