Plates from JFK's limousine saved from the trash, up for auction - WNEM TV 5

Plates from JFK's limousine saved from the trash, up for auction

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The license plates used on President John F. Kennedy’s limousine when he was assassinated are being put up for auction.

The plates were saved from the trash 52 years ago by Willard Hess, owner of Hess & Eisenhardt, the company that retrofitted presidential limousines.

His daughter, Jane Walker has kept the license plates for the last half century in a drawer in her Ohio kitchen.

“I was very aware of their significance,” Walker said. “My boys and husband thought I should keep them in a safety deposit box, but most people wouldn’t know have known where they come from or their significance. On occasion, I would take them out and show them to friends.”

The plates were discarded when the limousine was upgraded with additional armor plating and a bullet-proof roof. The vehicle was painted black and used by President Lyndon Johnson until 1967.

With the upgrades, came new plates.

Hess retrieved the plates from the trash after they were replaced.

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