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Unidentified Photographer

[Amelia Earhart with camera]

Date late June 1937
Location New Guinea
Dimensions Image (Paper): 7 15/16 x 5 15/16 in. (20.2 x 15.1 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

"One of the last pictures taken of Mrs. Amelia Earhart Putnam before she took off from New Guinea for her ill-fated flight to Howland Island."
While living in Los Angeles in 1923, Earhart worked in a photography studio; she and a friend later briefly operated their own photography business. This interest endured; Earhart took a number of photographs of clouds and ships that passed below as the Friendship crossed the Atlantic in 1928 and she continued to take pictures of the people and places she visited. These pictures from 1937, along with diary entries that she was writing for the book about her flight, were mailed back to Putnam in the United States.

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The LIFE Magazine Collection, 2005

Feedback Accession No. 1347.2005