This is one in a series of posts inviting our users to learn how to get the most information out of historic photos. We’ll post a new photo mystery every Monday, and then follow up with more information about the image on Friday. Get the conversation started by commenting on the blog and sharing it with your friends and family.
What people, objects and activities do you notice?
Try an artist’s trick. Divide the photo into four quadrants and study each section. What new details do you see?
Based on what you have observed, what can you infer from this photograph? What questions do you have?
Come back on Friday when we will update the post with more identifying information!
For Teachers: Photo interpretation is a great critical thinking activity for students. The Photo Analysis Worksheet from the National Archives lets you use any photo as an opportunity to analyze primary source documents.
UPDATE: Auto-to-airplane transfer stunt at Daytona Beach
This photograph was taken on December 1, 1921 at Daytona Beach.
The Mabel Cody Flying Circus featured night-flying, wing-walking, auto-to-airplane transfers, single- and double-parachute drops, and acrobatic loop-to-loops. Mabel Cody (who was not officially a pilot) was hired by fairs and promoters like George E. Merrick to attract crowds and potential land and home buyers.