Turkeys, Boston, 1952

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1952

GUSN

GUSN-194433

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Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

infants
baby carriages
storefronts
commercial buildings
business (commercial function)
grocery stores
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Physical Description

1 photograph

Collection Code

PC044

Collection Name

Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972

Reference Code

PC044.TMP.076

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Accruals Note

Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972.

Description Level

Item

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A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972

Historical/Biographical Note

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."