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JFK and the Polaris Missile by US Navy, 1963

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Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


In the aftermath of WW2 and the looming threat of nuclear war, a secret program began in the mid-1950s to develop a missile that could deploy a hydrogen bomb warhead that could be conveyed by submarine. The long-range Polaris was conceived to be fired underwater on a moving platform, making it nearly impossible to counterattack, thus giving the US Navy the broad responsibility of being the nation’s nuclear deterrent. This photograph shows then-President John F. Kennedy observing the firing of a Polaris A-2 missile off the coast of Florida. The windbreaker you see him wearing was presented to him by the crews of both the USS Observation Island (the ship he was on) and the USS Andrew Jackson, the submarine that fired the missile. This image was cropped from the original which showed the presence of television crews filming the event. – Jordan J. Lloyd

Taken: 1145hrs, November 16th, 1963
USS Observation Island, off the coast of Florida, United States
US Navy
Jordan J. Lloyd
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JFK and the Polaris Missile by Jordan J. Lloyd, 1963

This photograph is also available as a ⇲ restored & remastered black and white original print from our ⇲ Platinum Series.


Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts.


"L55-15.02.09 President Kennedy on the USS Observation Island viewing Polaris Missile Launch from USS Andrew Jackson."

JFK and the Polaris Missile by US Navy, 1963
JFK and the Polaris Missile by US Navy, 1963
JFK and the Polaris Missile by US Navy, 1963
JFK and the Polaris Missile by US Navy, 1963

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