While each was part of the candidate's retinue, security was not only a matter of public concern in 1960 that it would suddenly and necessarily happen within a few years.
Here, seemingly alone in a crowd in West Virginia's Logan County, JFK gives a speech from a kitchen chair, mere feet away, a young boy plays with an absent-mindedly realistic-looking toy gun. JFK won the West Virginia primary with 61 percent of the vote.
In many ways this picture is proof of how times have changed. Simple times, as the whole scene shows. It is amazing that he is campaigning for only 75-100 people.
Candidates in the 1950s and 1960s cared more about the value of regular people and potential voters. Gone are the days when presidential candidates were giving speeches standing on top of some bullshit, jury rigged, high chair contraption. Nowadays you may never see it, it will always be on the podium (with fans) and behind the previously asked questions.
Yes, that little kid has a toy gun in his hand. Can you imagine this scene with a modern president ever happening again? There is a reason why the child may have pointed a gun to his mouth.
First of all, this is not just a simple toy gun, but it is a sharpened gun. Squirt guns existed before water bottles hit the market, so the kid was drinking some water from his squirt gun, which wasn't really unheard of squirt gun use, because, as has been said, the amount of water There were no bottles.
Children were allowed to play with toy guns during the day. Even at school or at public events. The toy gun was marketed as being as close to the actual gun as possible.
On November 8, John F. Kennedy defeated Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the 20th century. In the national popular vote, Kennedy led Nixon by only two-tenths of a percent (49.7% to 49.5%), while in the Electoral College he won 303 votes against Nixon's 219 (269 to win).