Another Photographic History Moment

Man working on SubToday’s theme is history, and moments frozen in light and emulsion. First off is a recent discovery: the American National Archives and Records Administration Website. This is a veritable treasure trove of forehead-slapping cool old shit - I mean artifacts - such as the Picturing the Century collection.

There’s some astounding photos here, including such historic moments as the Wright Brother’s first flight, and the explosion of the USS Shaw during the Pearl Harbor attack. There’s also work by bigwigs such as Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and colour work by Danny Lyon. Go now.

dickTractor.jpgThe other photographic link for today is images from the Wisconson Historical Society. It’s a smaller and less ambitious collection, but still worth poking through. My favorite? This photo of Richard Nixon riding a tractor. Yeehaw!

On a personal note, big thanks and virtual squeezes to all who wished me a happy birthday via e-mail or on this site. For the record, it was a lovely, relaxing weekend, filled with scrumptious Guatemalan cuisine, good company, and big grins all around. I’m normally pretty carefree about birthdays, but this year’s comes with a lot of personal baggage; it’s an amazing feeling to be surrounded by so much warmth.

Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot like this. (mp3, 1.1 mb)

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