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This Week In Texas History

Life magazine in its Nov. 29, 1963 issue published the first shocking pictures of the Kennedy assassination with frames from a home movie shot by a Dallas dressmaker.

Abraham Zupruder spent his first 13 years in the Ukraine then a part of Czarist Russia. In 1918 he escaped the turmoil and violence of the Bolshevik Revolution with his mother and siblings and joined his father, who had come to the U.S. nine years earlier, in Brooklyn, New York.

Zupruder moved to Dallas with his wife and two children in 1941. He went into business with a partner manufacturing women’s wear under the brand names Chalet and Jennifer Juniors. On Nov. 22, 1963, Zapruder loaded his new Bell and Howell eight-millimeter camera with color film and walked the short distance from his downtown office to Dealey Plaza with receptionist Marilyn Sitzman. At her suggestion, he positioned himself on a concrete pedestal that provided an unobstructed view of the route President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade would follow down Elm Street.



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