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Picture Perfect?

In this image from the Greely Expedition to the Arctic (1882), Dr. Pavy and Jens are seen skinning a seal. Of particular interest is the fact that this photograph had been modified in order to “clean up” the image. The pristine white snow and mountains behind Dr. Pavy and Jens are painted onto the photograph, obscuring the original background. Instead of undisturbed snow, the original image has a view of the camp, including clotheslines with the men’s clothing hanging from them. The lines around the edge of the image show where the photograph was to be cropped, removing part of the wagon and the dog standing in front of it.



For bibliography purposes, these images can be cited:

Image #—, “US Army Photo collection, C-E Museum Acquisition” from the CECOM Historical Office archive, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

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This post was written by CECOM History Office Intern Jacob Bensen.

Posted in From the Archives, Photo Series, Polar Year.

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