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Image from contact sheet of crowd gathered on Elm Street

Object Number: 1989.100.0062.0012
Category: Photographs
Photographer: William Allen
Type of Object: Contact sheet
Dimensions: Overall: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Medium: Film
One black and white positive print of a 35mm negative taken by Dallas Times Herald photographer William Allen, taken from a contact sheet. This image shows a crowd gathered on Elm Street as viewed from the grassy knoll on the north side of Dealey Plaza. The Babushka Lady can be seen in the center of the image wearing a knee-length coat and headscarf.

A red editor's mark is visible in the top right corner of the image and a black editor's mark is visible along the lower edge, just left of center.
Curator's Notes

The Babushka Lady—so named because of the headscarf she wore that day—is one of the most mysterious and controversial eyewitnesses in Dealey Plaza.  Beverly Oliver, a singer at the Colony Club in Dallas in 1963 who knew Jack Ruby and many of his performers, came forward in 1970 as this mystery figure.  Many researchers have challenged her story due to its inconsistencies.  However, to date, no one besides Oliver has identified themselves as the “Babushka Lady.” - Stephen Fagin, Curator

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