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1957 "yellow jacket" yearbook for Arlington Heights High School

Object Number: 2014.027.0001
Category: Books
Type of Object: Book
Date: 1957
Dimensions: 10 3/4 × 8 1/4 × 7/8 in. (27.3 × 21 × 2.2 cm)
Medium: Cloth, Paper
One 1957 Arlington Heights High School yearbook titled "yellow jacket", featuring a famous photo of sophomore Lee Harvey Oswald playing around with classmate Janet Bolin on page 104. This image of Oswald as a teenager was widely published following the assassination.

The 155-page book is printed on white pages, and bound with a soft cloth cover. Embossed on the spine is text: "57 yellow jacket." The front cover has text and images in blue and yellow. There are several signatures and messages handwritten in various ink colors throughout the yearbook, especially on the blank pages at the front and back of the book.

Page 104 is titled "classroom", and has a collage of black and white photographs of students in various classrooms. The top right image shows Lee Harvey Oswald standing next to a girl wearing glasses who is pointing at him . The caption below it reads: "'Bing! You're hypnotized,' says Janet Bolin to Lee Oswald in the old bio lab."

Curator's Notes

Oswald does not have a standard student portrait in the yearbook; he left school in October that year to join the Marines.  Please see Oswald's certificate of acceptance into the Marines, 2013.088.0006. - Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

Robert Oswald wrote "Lee: A Portait of Lee Harvey Oswald by His Older Brother" in 1967, providing an intimate account of his younger brother's formative years and family life.  Five years older than Lee, Robert has long maintained his brother's culpability in the assassination of President Kennedy and murder of Officer J.D. Tippit.  You can see this book and other resources in our Reading Room. - Mrs. Krishna B. Shenoy, Librarian/Archivist

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