79 family pictures owned by the Kennedy family's nanny go on sale
There were few people closer to the Kennedy children than their beloved nanny, Maude Shaw, who worked for President Kennedy and Jackie from 1958 to 1965. Now, in a rare auction, 79 of Shaw’s never-before-seen pictures of the children are up for sale at Nate. D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles.
“These are very rare, not public shots,” Jackie Style author Pamela Keogh tells PEOPLE. “You can see how loved the children were. They look like the photographs any adoring grandparent might have taken – overlooking the fact that they are the most famous children in the world. ”
The trove of intimate pictures include Caroline on a rocking horse, John Jr. and Caroline playing in the sand, a cherubic John on the lap of their nanny, Jackie leading Caroline on a pony, and Caroline under the Christmas tree, among others. The sale also features a simple white cotton maternity dress that Jackie wore while pregnant with John, which the First Lady gave to Shaw when she visited her in London after she retired.
The pictures, owned by a private collector, are a rare glimpse into the Camelot that is now long gone.
Shaw, who died in her native England in 1988, was the children’s nanny for seven years, including their years at the White House. She wrote a memoir in 1966 called White House Nanny: My Years with Caroline and John Kennedy Jr., which details her closeness to Caroline and John and the dark days after JFK’s assassination.