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Coast to Coast: 1924

Coast to Coast: 1924

April 26, 1924. "Walking from San Francisco to New York for his health, W.E. Campbell stops at the White House. He left California Oct. 23, 1923." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Mr. Campbell's expression

At first glance I though he looked a bit grouchy, but when the image was enlarged the kind of determination it took to undertake such an epic trip was what I saw. I hope it was a complete success and that he was able to live a good life and make other such inspiring quests.

I own those coveralls!

I have an identical pair of coveralls, in quite similar condition, that I wear for dirty jobs around the house. They were sealed-up in a knee-wall attic when my house was built in 1925. My best guess is that they belonged to an insulator, who would have taken them off on a warm day, only to lose them when the lathers came along and sealed them up.

By good fortune, they fit me perfectly. While in the bottom quintile today, I would have been of quite average build ninety years ago.


Unless you've got the latest in sneaker technology no one's gonna try it today.
...and don't forget a sponsor.

Such primitive conditions

Just think, he did this without being able to start every morning with a grande caramel macchiato from the corner Starbucks!

It's all relative

He may be tired and footsore, but he seems in a lot better shape than either his coveralls or his banner.

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