1. Killed Negatives of the Great Depression
When I think of the Great Depression, one of the first images that comes to mind the iconic 1936 photograph Migrant Mother taken by Dorothea Lange. Lange was an American documentary photographer who worked for the Farm Security Administration during the Depression along with a number of other photographers who travelled around the United States documenting life at the time.
I've seen at least a hundred of these images of the years but today I found out that even though over 160,000 images were captured, less than half of those made it to print. AND what's even sadder than those images never making it to print is that the negatives were actually hole punched in a severe, dare I say blasphemous, way of editing and ensuring they were never used. Below are a few of those images...
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2. A Daredevil Female WWII Fighter Pilot
Perhaps you've heard of the Womens Air Force Service Pilots (WASPS) but have you heard of female fighter pilot Cecil “Teddy” Kenyon? Along with two other women, Teddy was selected as part of publicity act for the Civil Air Corps. Despite being exceptional pilots these lady flyers were showcased to the public in their full flight gear with perfect lipstick advertising things like Camel cigarettes. Hmm...
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3. The Wannabe Princess
The saga of Anastasia Romanov is not a new one, but it's a fun one to revisit. One of my favorite websites, Messy Nessy Chic did a recent post summarizing the possible survival, escape and claimed reappearance of the Russian Grand Duchess.
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4. Early Photos of America's Western Frontier
I never tire of photos of the American west. These photos taken by Timothy O'Sullivan between 1867 and 1874 are probably the earliest photos of seen of this area. My favorite photo has to be the one directly below. It's Timothy's traveling darkroom wagon being pulled by four mules! How cool is that!?
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