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July 15, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy delivers his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. About 50,000 attended the final session held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Earlier sessions were held in the Sports Arena. This photo was published in the July 16, 1960, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

July 11, 1960: Opening session of Democratic National Convention at the Sports Arena. This two-photo combo was recently assembled from 4-by-5-inch negatives shot by Times staff photographer George Fry. A similar panorama using sections of three negatives was published in the July 12, 1960, Mirror-News. The photo on the right was used in that panorama. The image on the left is slightly different; the searchlight, to the right of the American flag, is at a different angle.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times

July 10, 1960: Sen. John Kennedy, sitting with Milwaukee Councilwoman Velvalea Rodgers "Vel" Phillips, at a civil rights rally in Los Angeles. Kennedy is asking Times photographer, "No pictures, please." Times staff photographer Joe Kennedy (no relation) took this photo anyway. This photo was published in the July 11, 1960, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

July 12, 1960: Eleanor Roosevelt looks out over the Democratic National Convention floor from her front-row seat in the gallery. This photo was published in the July 13, 1960, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Aerial photo of downtown Los Angeles moved by the Associated Press on June 30, 1960, showing the location of the Democratic National Convention.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

July 6, 1960: Idaho Sen. Frank Church, keynote speaker for the Democratic National Convention, arrives at Los Angeles Airport with his wife, Bethine, and son Chase. They are greeted by James Symington, son of Missouri Sen. Stuart Symington. This photo was published in the July 7, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

July 6, 1960: Mrs. Mary Bailey waves a Texas-size hat and sign supporting Sen. Lyndon Johnson. This photo was published in the July 7, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

July 7, 1960: Rep. Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House, is surrounded by reporters after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. This photo was published in the July 8, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Beebe / Los Angeles Times

July 7, 1960: Jim Symington, son of presidential candidate Sen. Stuart Symington, plays his father's campaign song for workers at their campaign headquarters. Lady on left is identified as Judy Pryor. This photo was published in the July 8, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy, indicated by an arrow, is surrounded by admirers upon his arrival at the Biltmore Hotel lobby. At Kennedy's left is a Sen. Symington placard. This photo was published in the July 10, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: S. A. Hixson / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1960: About 2,500 demonstrators march on Figueroa Street against the atomic bomb. At a rally at Exposition Park, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling was one of the speakers. This photo was published in the July 10, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Brown / Los Angeles Times

July 10, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy and California Gov. Pat Brown after a meeting in which Brown assured Kennedy of his support, but did not release the 81-vote California delegation. Photo was published in the July 11, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ken Dare / Los Angeles Times

July 10, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy and his sister Mrs. Pat Kennedy Lawford chat during $100-a-plate dinner at the Beverly Hilton, with guests including Frank Sinatra. This photo was published in the July 11, 1960, Mirror-News, sister paper of the L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

July 11, 1960: The Rev. Maurice A. Dawkins engages in a 24-hour period of prayer and fasting outside the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena during the Democratic National Convention. Dawkins and protestors were advocating a liberal civil rights platform. This photo was published in the July 12, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dick Oliver / Los Angeles Times

July 11,1960: Cardinal Francis McIntyre gives the invocation at the opening session of the Democratic National Convention at the Sports Arena. At right are Katie Loucheim, director of women's activities, and National Chairman Paul Butler. This photo was published in the July 12, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

July 11, 1960: Radio Free Europe staff members, from left, Nicholas Pentcheff, Stanley Smialowski and Horst Petzall work in a hotel room on taped interviews concerning the Democratic National Convention, to be broadcast to countries behind the Iron Curtain. This photo was published in the July 12, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

July 12, 1960: Katie Loucheim, director of women's activities, uses glasses to spot her husband from the podium at Democratic National Convention in the Sports Arena. With her is Jim Lockett, audio pool coordinator. This photo was published in the July 13, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

July 11, 1960: Sen. Eugene McCarthy, standing, joins his Minnesota collegues, Gov. Orville Freeman, left, and Sen. Hubert Humphrey. Photo published in the July 12, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Tiffany / Los Angeles Times

July 12, 2960: Rose Kennedy, mother of Sen. John F. Kennedy, talks to newspaper writers at the Biltmore Hotel. This photo was published in the July 13, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Tiffany / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1960: Supporters of Sen. John F. Kennedy demonstrate after Orville Freeman of Minnesota placed Kennedy's name in nomination. Kennedy won on first ballot. Photo published in the July 14, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1960: Los Angeles Times Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper, right, known for her hats, gets another chapeau at the Democratic National Convention from Alaska Rep. Helen Fischer. This photo was published in the July 14, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1960: The band was playing and the banners flying -- but in vain -- when Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson's name was placed in nomination for president at the Democratic National Convention. Johnson became the vice presidential nominee. This photo was published in the July 14, 1960, Mirror-News, sister paper of the L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1960: News photographers gather around Eleanor Roosevelt upon her arrival at the Sports Arena for the Democratic National Convention. This photo was published in the July 14, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maurice Terrall / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1960: Adlai Stevenson campaign worker Pat Dixon, 22, from New York City, breaks into tears as voting show her candidate is headed for certain defeat at the Democratic National Convention. This photo was published in the July 14, 1960 Mirror-News, sister newspaper of the LA Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gib Brush / Mirror-News

July 13, 1960: Backers of Adlai Stevenson II stage a loud parade for the 1952 and '56 Democratic nominee at the Sports Arena, but the 1960 convention selected John F. Kennedy. This photo was published in the July 14, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

July 14, 1960: Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy and former nominee Adlai Stevenson chat with reporters after a meeting in which Stevenson assured Kennedy of his support in the campaign. This photo was published in the July 15, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Knight / Los Angeles Times

July 14, 1960: Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, during a press conference outside his Biltmore Hotel suite.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

July 15, 1960: Aerial view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with a crowd of about 50,000 during the Democratic National Convention. This photo was published in the July 16, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

July 15, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy passes through rows of Golden Girls flanking the route to the speakers' platform at the Coliseum during the Democratic National Convention. This photo was published in the July 16, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

July 15, 1960: A contingent of Kennedy Girls, outfitted in candy-cane dresses and hats, wait for John F. Kennedy's speech at the Democratic National Convention. This photo was published in the July 16, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

July 15, 1960: Democratic Party leaders stand on the rostrum following top candidates' speeches of acceptance. From left are Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, Sen. John F. Kennedy, Sen. Stuart Symington, Sen. Hubert Humphrey, Rep. Sam Rayburn and Rep. James Roosevelt. This photo was published on the front page of the July 16, 1960, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wayne Kelly / Los Angeles Times

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Going into the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, front-runner Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts did not have a lock on the nomination. Other candidates included Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, Sen. Stuart Symington, Adlai Stevenson, Sen. Hubert Humphrey and Sen. Wayne Morse. California Gov. Pat Brown was a “favorite son” candidate, allowing him to negotiate with the leading candidates.

The convention, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and Coliseum, ran July 11-15. On July 13, Kennedy secured the nomination on the first ballot. The next day Johnson was nominated for vice president. On July 15, the convention moved to the larger Coliseum for acceptance speeches.

On Nov. 8, the Kennedy-Johnson ticket narrowly beat the Republican ticket of Richard Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge by about 110,000 votes.

Plans for the Los Angeles Times photographic coverage for the Democratic National Convention was reported in this July 10, 1960, article:

Elaborate preparations have been made to bring Los Angeles Times readers the finest photographic coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

Paul Calvert, Times photo chief, will have a dozen ace photographers assigned to convention activities at the Sports Arena, the Biltmore headquarters and other hotels where delegates are staying.

A minimum of six will be stationed on the floor of the arena during convention sessions. They will have a large variety of the latest photographic equipment, including telephoto lenses for closeups.

Larry Sharkey, Art Rogers and Maurice Terrell will occupy fixed positions on aisle platforms 60 to 70 ft. from the rostrum and adjacent to the rostrum at the speaker’s level.

Frank Brown, Wayne Kelly and George Fry will be available for roving assignments among the delegates and throughout the hall.

The photographers will be equipped with “walkie-talkies” to exchange messages on assignments, film pickups and deliveries. A base station, using equipment from one of the Times mobile radio cars, will be set up in the Times press room in the arena.

Undeveloped film will be rushed to The Times by copyboys, photographers and – during the last three days of the convention – a special motorcycle officer. Gordon Wallace will supervise speedy processing of the pictures.

Meanwhile, news developments at the Biltmore and other hotels will be covered photographically by John Malmin, Ray Graham, Nelson Tiffany, Ken Dare, Gary Smith and Calvin Montney.

The Times’ own picture coverage will be supplemented by Associated Press Wirephoto, which will have darkroom and transmission facilities in the arena.

In addition to the Times photo staff, sister newspaper Mirror-News photo staff members worked the convention. Prints were “double printed” for both papers with Times staff photos printed in the Mirror-News and vice versa.

In 1960, the Times had just started to convert to 35mm film. In searching through the Times Archives on the 1960 convention, only a couple strips of 35mm negatives were located. All the other negatives — black and white — were evenly split between 120mm and 4 x 5 in.

1 Comment

  1. September 5, 2012, 7:37 am

    What a truly marvelous collection of photographs! I thoroughly enjoyed these historical frames and recall a bit of it, as I was not quite a teenager that year. But I do remember seeing the excitement at the Sports Arena on television. Elenor Roosevelt was a surprise and the aerial view of Los Angeles was amazing.

    By: rafaelc@racen.com

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