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Happy July 4th! Here’s a pair of pictures of a patriotic gal posing with a 48 star flag (1912 – 1959). These are contemporary prints made from original 5” x 7” glass plate negatives in my collection. Given the pictures were shot on plates instead of sheet film; they probably date no later than WW1.

I’m unsure what these fascinating images represent or imply, or whether it was proper to have the flag on the ground, but they are captivating. What do the CW folks think?

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    GREAT Patriotic images-- Happy 4th!

    While the woman looks earlier (to me), the 48 star flag puts it at 1912 at the earliest.

    I would think that this is a WW1 creation.

  2. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Scott! I too was thinking this could be tied to WW1.
  3. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Wonder if she was ever shot out of a cannon ??
  4. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Phil ... funny thought!
  5. nldionne nldionne, 1 year ago
    Love this pic, thanks for sharing.
  6. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, vetraio50!
  7. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, walksoftly!
  8. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, inky!
  9. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    What a great image inky !!!!!!!!!! love it !***
  10. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, mustangtony ... great information!
  11. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, AmberRose!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, nldionne!
  13. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    You have to be careful of using modern judgements to evaluate an antique image. In the era of the image, the flag placement/ flag dress would not have been considered disrespectful.

  14. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, bratjdd and Manikin!
  15. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Sean!
  16. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Hardbrake!
  17. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
    Thanks, MattyG!
  18. MJTuc MJTuc, 11 months ago
    You have a very nice eye to capture the moment. I've always felt photography is like an pro athlete, and an Art form. Only someone who know true art can create it intentionally/not by accident. I hope you understood what I was say there but Not everyone can do it.
    I ready your comment to Sean about the Cubs.
    LOL,, rniederman...
    St. Louis fans silently do cheer you on. But I'm convinced a little change to Wrigley like removing the Wall of brick and padding it. The cubs either can't get or hold onto top notch outfielders. Spark the change and ride it to win.
  19. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
    MJTuc ... yep, I know what you're saying. Spot on. BTW ... I studied with Ansel Adams in one of his Yosemite workshops in 1980. The CW icon of me was photographed by Marion Patterson at the workshop - it's a manipulated SX70 image. Thanks!
  20. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
    Thanks, gargoylecollector!
  21. rniederman rniederman, 8 months ago
    This is kind of cool ... check out Ben Marks' article of November 6 about Women and Children: The Secret Weapons of World War I Propaganda Posters at:

    Specifically, go to image #19. It is conceptually similar to the first photograph of this post - both women are dressed in the American flag with alike poses (not exactly the same). It somewhat supports Scott's comment of how the flag was viewed back in the day as well as the timeline.

    No research has been done to tie the photograph to the poster, but it was a common practice for artists to create works based on photographs. I'm not implying this is the case here, but was struck by the similarity of the images and wanted to share.
  22. rniederman rniederman, 5 months ago
    Thanks, f64imager!
  23. rniederman rniederman, 5 months ago
    Thanks again, Inky!
  24. rniederman rniederman, 10 days ago
    Happy 4th all!
  25. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 10 days ago
    and a happy 4th to you too, miederman!
  26. rniederman rniederman, 9 days ago
    Thanks, pops52!
  27. rniederman rniederman, 8 days ago
    Thanks, ho2cultcha!
  28. rniederman rniederman, 2 days ago
    Thanks, ttomtucker!

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