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Amelia Earhart

Unknown (American)

Date:
1935
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
22.6 x 17.6 cm. (8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gap Foundation Gift, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.170
  • Description

    This photograph of Earhart (1897-1937) is surprising in its humanity and candidness. Instead of being heroicized, as cultural icons are expected to be, she appears slightly bashful and unsure, posing with tomboyish awkwardness in front of her single-engine Lockheed Vega at Wheeler Field, Hawaii. On January 11, 1935, seven days after this photograph was taken, Earhart made her historic solo flight in this plane from Hawaii to Oakland, California--the first solo flight from Hawaii to the mainland. Two years later, she disappeared during an attempt to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Various stamps and labels on verso indicating that work was owned and deaccessioned by "Culver Pictures, Inc." (see photocopy of verso in object file); stamped in blue ink on print, verso, LRC: "6019"

  • Provenance

    Culver Pictures, Inc.; James Danziger Gallery

  • Notes

    The Encyclopedia Brittancia illustarates Earhart with a more conventional Culver Pictures portrait, wearing the same aviator's jacket but seen close up.

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