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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Battle of the Overpass: 1937

Battle of the Overpass: 1937

This is my dad's original copy of the Detroit News photo of the Battle of the Overpass when Ford's hired "goons" beat up striking auto workers. The complete story is here. My dad, James E. (Scotty) Kilpatrick, took the shots and hid the glass plates in his car and gave them blanks. The photos were on the front page the next day. View full size.

Glass plates?

This is a great picture and of course the picture that inspired the Pulitzer Prize for Photography. Very cool that your Dad was the photographer.

I have to say though that what he gave the goons were either empty or unexposed film packs, not glass plates. Other pictures of the incident show him shooting with a 4x5 Speed Graphic. He was either using two-shot film packs which carried two pieces of sheet film with removable dark slides. One shot. insert the dark slide flip the pack, remove the dark slide, second shot, insert the dark slide, reload. They also made multipacks that were a little faster to use, (although I don't know if they made them for the 4x5.)

 
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