Acrobats, Box 59, May 1948


This box contains 33 negatives with multiple subjects covered.

Before we start, this is the 100th blog post, I’ve scanned well over 1500 images so far, with the vast majority shown over 100 posts.

There are 4 negatives of a circus acrobat routine. This is from the Clyde Beatty Circus that was in Stockton, May 5, 1948.

Air Acrobats, May 1948, Clyde Beatty Circus, Stockton (Printed)

If you look carefully, then you see the first image is a double exposure. Joel forgot to change the film holder in all his excitement. It happens. This is why you see 4 lights and only two on all the other images.

Air Acrobats, May 1948, Clyde Beatty Circus, Stockton (Printed)
Air Acrobats, May 1948, Clyde Beatty Circus, Stockton (Printed)
Air Acrobats, May 1948, Clyde Beatty Circus, Stockton (Printed)

All the above images were printed or copied at some point in time.

We’ve seen a few flower images from Joel in color on Kodachrome in the past. This is the first time I’m finding B&W press format image in macro style. Joel is shooting pretty much a 1:1 image, this means, a lot of bellows draw on the camera and the need to apply exposure compensation. That was all part of the arsenal of tools a photographer was required to learn at the time.

Macro image of violet flower, June-July 1948, Stockton (Printed)

The images with the water drops on the petals below didn’t get printed.

Anther, filament and petals, macro image, June-July 1948
Anther, filament and petals, macro image, June-July 1948
Macro image of flower in Joel’s garden, June-July 1948

Last two images show the start of a construction project at College of the Pacific. There’s insufficient information, such as buildings or street signs, in the images to explain what’s going on, this is just the outline of a foundation for a new building.

Since the box carries a scribble “June-July 1948”, I’m placing these images in this timeframe.

Foundation, new College of Pacific building, June-July 1948 (Printed)
Foundation, new College of Pacific building, June-July 1948 (Printed)

Both images were printed or copied, I suspect that these were submitted to the Pacific editorial staff.

Two more distinct subjects to uncover from this box !

Cheers !


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