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"Cornett family. Leatherwood, Kentucky, 1972. Men and boys without shirts sitting and standing around two cars." Willie Cornett (seated, right) and some of his 12 children. 35mm negative by William Gedney (1932-1989). From Duke University's Gedney Collection, encompassing some 5,000 pictures taken from the 1950s through the early '70s. Do we want to see more? View full size.