Day 149 – The John F. Kennedy Spoon

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy would have been 100 years old today.

This J.F.K. spoon is one in a collection of 37 silver-plated spoons representing all of the U.S. Presidents, from Washington through Nixon. The spoons were designed and manufactured by the W.M. Rogers Company, which was later purchased by the International Silver Company. Each spoon bears the name and likeness of the president, his dates in office, and shows an event that happened during his presidency.

Kennedy’s name appears on the handle of this spoon, with his portrait and the words “Thirty-Fifth President – 1961-1963” just below. 

The bowl of the spoon depicts the Mercury-Atlas 6 spacecraft in orbit around Earth with the words “Friendship 7” below, which commemorates John Glenn’s historic orbit of the earth on February 20, 1962.