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Schmidt film

Object Number: 2008.008.0001
Category: Films
Photographer: Schmidt
Type of Object: Film, 16mm
Dimensions: Gauge: 16mm; Camera Speed: 16 fps
Medium: Film
Original 16mm color home movie made by a German immigrant whose last name was Schmidt, showing then-presidential-candidate Senator John F. Kennedy at the Crestwood Plaza Shopping Center near St. Louis in Crestwood, Missouri.

Senator Kennedy's campaign stop there on October 22, 1960 included these remarks: "We are here in this state, in the heartland of the United States, a state which has produced in the last 15 years a great president. About two weeks ago, Mr. Nixon thought that he would dismiss me by calling me, 'He is just another Truman.' I said I regarded that as a compliment because he was just another Dewey. And after we had exchanged those remarks, I never heard that statement from him again."

At the end of the 1-minute-long film, the sequence showing Senator Kennedy is repeated, zoomed in to show the candidate more closely.
Curator's Notes

The Museum's efforts to locate the original filmmaker, Schmidt, or a family member have been unsuccessful. - Gary Mack, Curator

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