Kennedy Campaign Press Passes 1968 California Primary
Item History and Pricing
Up for bid are Press Passes from Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 California Primary.
Items up for bid contains:
-Two (2) small metal bead lanyard chains.
Attached to one of the chains is:
-One (1) laminated Press Pass reading:
ON THE FRONT: “Kennedy Press” (and in VERY TINY PRINT underneath, it reads: “Allied Printing, Trades, Union Label, Council..., Washington, DC” with two very small number “17”’s on either side of the tiny print)
ON THE BACK: A label (not laminated, attached to Pass) reading: “Kennedy Press News California Primary” (and in VERY TINY PRINT underneath, it reads: “Allied Printing, Trades, Union Label, Council, Washington, DC” with the number “179”, very small, to the left of the tiny print)
Attached to the other chain is:
-One (1) laminated Press Pass reading:
ON THE FRONT: “Kennedy Press” (and in VERY TINY PRINT underneath, it reads: “Allied Printing, Trades, Union Label, Council, Washington, DC” with two very small number “17”’s on either side of the tiny print)
ON THE BACK: Blank with a few dark stains/spots
& also attached to the 2nd chain is:
-One (1) Working Press Pass (Not Laminated; Yellow color on the front; light brown color on the back) reading:
ON THE FRONT: (from top to bottom) “Police Department City of ? (hole punched here; assuming it’s New York) YorkWorking PressExpires December 31, 1968No. 3703The Bearer Jim WilsonRepresenting CBSCity EditorIs Entitled To Pass Police And Fire Lines Wherever Formed(Subject to conditions on back)This Card Will Not Be Used On Display On Any Vehicle For Parking Purposes”(Signed/Printed) “H. R. Leary” (Howard R. Leary)“Police Commissioner”(Signed/Printed) “Robert O. Lowery”A LARGE STAMP COVERS THE FRONT OF THIS PASS READING:“Temporary ExpiresJUN9 1968”
ON THE BACK:“ConditionsIn consideration ?(hole punched here) receiving this police card the person named hereon, in accepting and using it, expressly agrees that:
1. He assumes all risk in case of accident.2. It may be taken up at any time.3. He shall, upon termination of employment, surrender card to his employer, who shall forward it to the Deputy Commissioner, Press Relations.4. He shall report the loss or theft of card to his employer and patrol precinct concerned.5. Anyone who makes, engraves, unlawfully uses or possesses an official police card is punishable by fine - not less than $250 and/or imprisonment - not more than 30 days. (Sec. 434a-7.2 Adm. Code)”
(SIGNED IN INK) “Jim Wilson6’1” (height) Hazel (eyes) Brn (hair) 200 (weight)”
STORY BEHIND OBTAINING THESE ITEMS:
I live in Los Angeles, CA. About 2 years ago, I responded to an ad on Craigslist of some guy giving away things for free. I responded to the ad and went and collected a number of items (these items included) from this guy. After inquiring why he was giving away all of these things, he proceeded to tell me that his brother had moved out recently and left all this stuff behind. He didn’t want it taking up space in his garage, so he was giving it away. So I loaded my truck that day with all that I could fit inside, not even knowing what I had! I like “treasure hunting” and had fun getting home, unloading everything and going through each item, one by one, through giant bins of the most random things. Well, needless to say, these Press Passes were in one of those bins.
Upon doing some research, I discovered that apparently Jim Wilson was the CBS cameraman assigned to follow Robert Kennedy that day he was shot at the Ambassador Hotel. From what I can tell through my research is that Jim Wilson was one of the first (if not the first) cameraman to get to Kennedy after he was shot. Furthermore, it was the light from Jim Wilson’s Camera that lit the scene of the famous photo (taken by: Bill Eppridge) of the bus boy, Juan Romero, holding Robert Kennedy’s Head after he was shot.
Do some research for yourself. Look up Jim Wilson, CBS Cameraman for Robert Kennedy. It won’t be difficult to locate many articles on the subject.
To stumble on such an incredible piece of history amazes me! I’m sure the one who wins this auction knows a lot more about the subject than I do and can appreciate these items more than I can. For that reason, I have decided to list them for auction.
Items sold as is.No exchanges, refunds or returns. Please ask any questions you may have BEFORE bidding.
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