BOSTON — It’s an expansive and quintessentially Kennedy photo album.
Here’s a young, shirtless JFK, baring six-pack abs and smirking poolside while striking an un-presidential pose. There’s Rose Fitzgerald not-yet-Kennedy in her Sunday best, long before she’d become the family matriarch and trade girlhood grins for imperious stares. Here’s Kathleen Kennedy, awkwardly twisting upside down in a skirt to kiss Ireland’s Blarney Stone. There’s little Teddy Kennedy on the playground, sporting skinned knees.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has completed an 18-month project to catalog and digitize more than 1,700 vintage family snapshots, and they’re now all viewable online — a photographic fix that’s sure to feed the nation’s continuing obsession with Camelot.
“It’s just fun to see where the camera took them,” said Nicola Mantzaris, a digital archivist who helped compile and catalog the fragile negatives, all carefully stored in subfreezing temperatures to slow their chemical decomposition.