- Posted April 3, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Weekend assignment: Past and present
Dealey Plaza, 1963 and Now
These pictures were taken on a visit to Dallas in late November 2009. I happened to be at Dealey Plaza around noon, and stood on the same pedestal where Abraham Zapruder filmed the assasination of JFK. I then took a quick series of pictures, perhaps 12 in all, without making any measurements or adjustments.
When I came back home I overlapped them with the Zapruder film.
Mr. Zapruder must have been about as tall as I am. The pictures overlap perfectly. Even the time of day, as shown by the shadows cast by the people standing on the site, then and now, align perfectly.
What was most revealing for me was the quality of today's technology and the minute size of the Zapruder film. My pictures were taken with a cheap 6 megapixel camera, yet the image size is much bigger and sharper than Zapruder's film. In comparison, his footage looks as if he had been filming through a peephole. In a way it was: a peephole into a historical event.
Dealey Plaza has changed over the years. In the pictures it becomes apparent that the old Stemons Freeway sign (which obstructed several frames of the Zapruder film) has been completely removed, and the street lamps have been set back from the pavement edge of the sidewalk.