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Booking photo of Lee Harvey Oswald taken by the New Orleans Police Department

Object Number: 2013.102.0001
Category: Photographs
Type of Object: Photograph (b&w)
Dimensions: 3 1/2 × 5 3/4 in. (8.9 × 14.6 cm)
Medium: Paper
Black and white booking photo of Lee Harvey Oswald from the New Orleans Police Department, taken after his arrest in August 1963. The photo shows three different views of Oswald: his right profile, front on and a full-length view of him wearing a white shirt and dark pants. In the center image, Oswald wears a small placard around his neck that says "New Orleans, LA, 112 723, 8 9 63."

This photo was taken after Oswald was arrested for disturbing the peace while distributing "Hands Off Cuba!" flyers on a public sidewalk.

The back of the photo is printed in fading purple ink with the following information:

"Lee Harvey Oswald (WM)


4907 Magazine Street
N. O., La.
(2 lines with numbers that have become illegible)
130 lbs
5 9

ARR: 1st Dist. 8/9/63
Lt. W. Caillot, etc.

Chg: Dist the Peace by
creating a scene"
Curator's Notes

This booking photograph complements two other items in our collection that document this incident in New Orleans a few months before the assassination. Please see also 2007.028.0001 and 2013.088.0003 for a film and a document related to this same event. - Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

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