The Famous Kennedy Rocker

The Kennedy Rocker is the easily the most famous rocking chair in history. So often photographed, this historic chair is so closely associated with the late President of the United States that it has become effectionately known as The Kennedy Rocker.

John F Kennedy Rocking chair

By Lori Ferber

The rocking chair may well have been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until U.S. President John F. Kennedy began using his famous Carolina Rocker in The White House that rocking chairs truly became a treasured American institution.

It is well known that the young President suffered from chronic back pain. To combat this Kennedy discovered the Carolina Rocker made by the now famous P&P Chari Company of North Carolina. Kennedy was so enamored by the chair, its back support and comfort that he accumulated over fourteen of the chairs in his lifetime – one of which was even kept on Air Force one.

Kennedy’s original Oval Office rocker is on permanent display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston Massachusetts. Hardly a day went by in the 1960’s that photos of President Kennedy in his rocking chair didn’t appear in the local newspapers and magazines. It wasn’t long before the Carolina Cocker became affectionately known as “The Kennedy Rocker”.

Kennedy rockers are in high demand by collectors. Two of the original c hairs from the estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were sold at auction for more than $440,000 each.

Authentic reproductions of The Kennedy Rocker are now available to collectors and those who simply want to recreate the therapeutic benefits so appreciated by the late President.

As experienced and knowledgeable dealers in political memorabilia, Lori and Steve Ferber have been providing helping collectors acquire and preserve unique and interesting political memorabilia items for over 43 years. They operate a popular collectibles website at www.loriferber.com and are authorized distributors of the authentic Kennedy Rocker reproductions.

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  1. The Kennedy Rocker
    $549.95

    We are pleased to have been selected by the manufacturer to offer you the legendary "Kennedy Rocker, produced for decades by the P & P Chair Company. An exact duplicate of the chair made famous by President John F. Kennedy and unmodified from the original design in any way. The signature 1920's design is roomy and comfortable. But don't let the traditional styling fool you. When it comes to relieving today's stress, it is state-of-the-art. The back posts and back rails are steam bent providing the right amount of support at spinal pressure points due to curving around the shoulders and at the lower back. The cane seat and back offer firm yet natural spring. Set low for comfortable elbow support, it has wide armrests for perfect balance. Also, the arm rests are lower than similar rockers, allowing the sitter’s arm to relax naturally at the sides of the body. Elegant turned posts and cane accents make a presidential statement in any setting. In Classic Oak. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. This beautufiul and chair arrives in one piece and crated for careful delivery and is very heavy. Shipping on this large heavy item will be $238 in U.S. Our shipping system will charge you a flat rate and then you will receive an additional shipping bill for the balance for the simple reason that our system is not set up to automatically price heavy shipments like this.. . For delivery to Alaska, Hawaii or International, please contact us before ordering at lori@loriferber.com

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