Sunday, December 21, 2014

Deep in depression-era Arkansas, a woman named Mancy Massengill observed the Saturday action at a photo booth. She also noted the camera brand as well as the business opportunity making photos for weekend revelers might provide for a mother of three in a place in time where work and money were scarce. She sold hens and sent the cash away for a lens, and from that point on, she and her husband pulled a trailer-turned-photo-studio around rural Arkansas on weekends and made pictures for anyone who was interested. This story is told twice in the book 'Making Pictures: Three for a Dime' and the companion CD 'Arkansas At 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers.' Bruce Miller explores a wonderful visual and musical history.

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