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Robert Kennedy Stops for Lunch While Campaigning for his Brother, 1960
After 500 plus layers and over 10 total work hours, I have finally completed colorizing this photo. This highly detailed photo has been sitting in my collection half finished for some time and I finally got the motivation to get it finished in between working on the site.The lack of updates recently has been mostly due to the website construction, which is nearly complete and the print shop will be launching very soon. If you haven’t noticed already the website runs waaaaaaaay faster than before. Previously I was working with a 13 second load time, now its less than 2 seconds!
This photo was taken in 1960 and shows Robert Kennedy taking a break from helping his brothers presidential campaign and enjoying some ice cream and snacks. I have never been much into politics, but I was given a book by a friend many years ago titled “Thirteen Days” which was Robert Kennedy’s memoir of the Cuban missile crisis. I had never realized how desperate and scary that situation was and I highly suggest you pick the book up if you haven’t had the chance to read it, its very captivating. The book was published in 1969 after Robert Kennedy’s tragic death.
Shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, after Robert Kennedy defeated Senator Eugene McCarthy in the California presidential primary, a man named Sirhan Sirhan, shot Robert three times in a kitchen hallway. Sirhan Sirhan was a 24 year old Palestinian and has said he felt betrayed by Kennedy’s support for Israel in the June 1967 Six Day War which had begun exactly one year before the assassination. Robert was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately passed away the following morning. Robert was laid to rest near his brother John F. Kennedy’s grave in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
The full size colorization and black and white photo are below.