Last week Baltimore Magazine posted a video clip of John F. Kennedy during his years as a Harvard student. It’s 1940, the US is about to enter the war, and Kennedy will soon leave Cambridge for the Solomon Islands.
This is footage from the twilight of the golden age of upper-class collegiate life, the era of unfathomable college wardrobes that Esquire featured throughout the 1930s. Kennedy attends the Maryland Hunt Cup, described as one of the oldest and most daunting horse races in America, clad in a yellow sweater under a gray odd jacket. Later the young undergrad, along with his Harvard pals, changes into white tie and tails, complete with red carnation, for the evening ball.
It’s interesting to see some of his signature accessories indulged at this young age. There’s a long thin cigar, and, pictured above, sunglasses. The guy certainly had natural charisma.
Check out the video here. — CC