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Black and white police photograph of objects belonging to Oswald

Object Number: 2002.002.0057
Category: Photographs
Photographer: J. C. Day
Photographer: Robert L. Studebaker
Type of Object: Photograph (b&w)
Dimensions: 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Medium: Paper
Black and white Dallas Police crime lab photograph of objects belonging to Lee Harvey Oswald. The image shows Oswald's possessions spread out over a tiled floor. Included are materials such as a "Hands Off Cuba!" flyer, cameras, photographs, film, papers, binoculars and other unidentified objects. In the middle of the array is a sign on white paper with black writing: "Voluntarily Given Dallas P.D. By Ruth Paine + Mrs Oswald; Paine's Residence, Irving Tex 11/22/63."

R. W. "Rusty" Livingston, an employee of the Dallas Police crime lab, developed many of the images taken by officers investigating the assassination. This print is from a first-generation set of copies he kept for himself.

The photograph was stored in a clear plastic sleeve with a small, white label which read, “Dallas Police Crime Lab photo showing some of the belongings of Oswald. Several photos were taken of many items laid out on the basement property-room floor before they were released to the FBI. In the center of the photo is the small Minox camera located on top of the open camera case. The chain on the side was used to judge the distance from the item to be photographed."
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