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July 28, 2023

Marvelous Candid Snapshots of 16-Year-Old Jackie Kennedy at The Homestead in the Summer of 1945

These marvelous snapshots wonderfully portray the 16-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier during the summer between terms at Miss Porter’s School, believed to have been taken at The Homestead, a luxury holiday resort in Hot Springs, Virginia in 1945.

Her beauty, as we would come to know the future First Lady, is captured in these candid photos with her sister Lee and their beloved father John ‘Black Jack’ Bouvier III. They look happy and radiant, just five years after their parents’ divorce: although their mother, now remarried as Janet Lee Auchincloss, retained custody of the children, they loved to spend time with their doting and attentive father.

Later on, Lee Bouvier Radziwill would recall that “growing up was always fun when we would see my father because he was such a joy to be with and we were the focal point of his life and we had so many wonderful times with him.”


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