John F. Kennedy in Color, 1947

Colorized Portrait of a 30-year-old John F. Kennedy in a suit and tie.
Colorized photograph of a young John F. Kennedy in 1947.
Credit: HistoryColored // CC BY-SA 4.0

On January 3rd, 1947, John F. Kennedy entered Congress for the first time as the member of the US House of Representatives from Massachusetts’s 11th district. This photograph of JFK was taken during his first year holding this office.

Kennedy needed to choose a career after his time with the US Navy in the Second World War. John had been interested in becoming a writer or teacher, with his eldest brother Joe representing the Kennedy family in politics. However, the death of Joe Kennedy Jr. during the war meant that the political ambitions their father had for him were passed on to his next eldest child John.

JFK was convinced by his father to run for Congress in Massachusetts’s 11th district and then funded his campaign, which he won with 72% of the vote. In 14 years, John F. Kennedy achieved the family’s goal of becoming the President of the United States.

Portrait of a 30-year-old John F. Kennedy in a suit and tie.
John F. Kennedy, 1947.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

This photograph of John F. Kennedy shows a more youthful appearance than we are used to seeing when viewing images of him, as much of what we see came from the early 1960s when he was in his 40s and President of the United States.

The featured image of JFK has had color added to it through the process of manual colorization. Check out the video below to see a timelapse of the process taking place in Photoshop.

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