1. Killed Negatives of the Great Depression
When I think of the Great Depression, one of the first images that comes to mind is the iconic 1936 photograph Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange. Lange was an American documentary photographer who worked for the Farm Security Administration during the American Depression. She, along with a number of other photographers, travelled around the United States documenting daily life at the time.
I've seen at least a hundred of these images over the years but today I found out that even though over 160,000 images were captured, less than half of those actually made it to print. What's even sadder than those images never making it to print, however, is that the negatives were actually hole punched in a severe, dare I say blasphemous, way of editing. 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 ever 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 a variety of products including Camel cigarettes. Hmm...
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3. The Wannabe Princess
The saga of Anastasia Romanov is not a new one but it is 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 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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