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George Reid film(s)

Object Number: 1996.014.0004
Category: Films
Photographer: George Reid
Type of Object: Film, 8mm
Dimensions: Gauge: 8mm; Camera Speed: 16 fps
Medium: Film
Two 8mm color home movie reels taken by George Reid, a long-time Kennedy supporter. These are among several filmed by Reid from 1963 to 1967.

On November 22, 1963, Reid arrived at Dallas Love Field two hours early and filmed some of the preparations for, and later the arrival of, the Kennedys. His scenes include students with their high school and Texas state flags, a Belgian exchange student waiting to show her brother's sketches to the Kennedys, and Secret Service agents guarding the Kennedy limousine.

Reid filmed the presidential arrival and the Kennedys in the crowd until he ran out of film; by the time he reloaded, the motorcade had departed. His last scene that day showed his neighborhood post office. Some other later scenes included in this excerpt show crowds, television news crews and police in Dealey Plaza as well as the Dallas Criminal Courts Building. Later films, not included here, show people and events in Dealey Plaza over the next four years including CBS News filming re-creation scenes in 1967 for a Kennedy assassination program.

The video attached to this record is an excerpt. The entire film is available in our Reading Room to on-site researchers or by submitting a Rights & Reproductions Request Form.
Curator's Notes

Reid was a Kennedy campaign volunteer during the 1960 presidential election.  He recorded an oral history with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on April 24, 1996. George Reid passed away on March 15, 1999. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

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