Thursday, February 16, 2017

A "Flash" Mob, ca. 1910


Today's out-going mail is a single oversized postcard featuring Arthur Bedou, "Photographer in a crowd, ca. 1910," also a co-founder of the People's Life Insurance Company of New Orleans. I dubbed it "Flash" Mob, ca. 1910." All puns intended. Best known for his working documenting the life of Booker T. Washington, he was also an active artist and journalist. 


I've held on to it for awhile, so why didn't I note the photographer's presence? I looked at everything without giving his camera more than a passing glance, never imagining him hiding in plain sight among the crowd, when that's where photographers always hide! Behind the camera! I imagined him in the foreground, taking the photo! Or did he? How could I have viewed that fine camera as a mere prop? Such a handsome crowd is why. And there are at least two Anglos hiding in plain sight--perfectly camouflaged. 

I wish I knew something about each individual. Everyone has a story. Why were they there that day? Did Bedou call out in advance? So many different expressions vie for attention without deliberation. Such style. A veritable palette of skin tones! Such hats! I wonder if it was "National Hat Day." Could the photograph have been taken on a Sunday? How many shots did it take to get the one? A very lovely "flash" mob!

P.S.  2/17/2017  I read this minutes ago. Postcard Redux. I finally freed it.



Correction:  JC mailed two letters today! Bedou's postcard sets out tomorrow. A handful of mail was mine this day. Since I couldn't decide which envelope to open first . . .  Happy mail to you!

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