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Turkeys, Boston, 1952

PC044.TMP.076 (RS81155)

Description

Two baby carriages stand outside a Boston grocery store. A large sign stating the price of turkeys hangs immediately above the carriages.

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Details

Collection Name
Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972
Collection Code
PC044
Dates
1952
Physical Description
1 photograph
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
GUSN
194433
Reference Code
PC044.TMP.076

Historical/Biographical Note

For many years, at the very back of Life magazine, the editors included a particularly witty photograph in the section titled "Parting Shots." This title's wonderful double entendre perfectly captures the spirit of the images selcted for this section. Many of them were shot as part of a series but work better on their own. Often bittersweet, the classic "Parting Shot" image works on multiple levels, demonstrating photography's ability to speak beyond words. Here we find the baby in the carriage below a sign reading, "Fancy Plump Northern Turkeys: Ready for the Oven." [...] The perfect parting shot combined Cartier-Bresson's idea of the "decisive moment" with a keen social wit.

-- Stomberg, John (2004) "A Changing World: New England Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972."

Record details

Originator
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)
Descriptive Terms
baby carriages
business (commercial function)
commercial buildings
grocery stores
infants
storefronts
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Notes
Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972.
Related Items
A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972 — Online Exhibition

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