February 24, 2005
Last Picture

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A while back I posted about Solomon August Andrée's disastrous hot-air balloon trip over the north pole. (Well, he didn't get there.) The punctum being the camera found 33 years after his expedition disappeared, and the photos found within. There are other examples of last pictures, some still unfound: Mallory's camera from his also disastrous attempt at Everest; the maybe apocryphal story of a Signal Corps filmmaker shooting footage of a bomb as it bounced across the deck of an aircraft carrier toward him; Bill Biggart's pictures of the World Trade Center falling.

Today the Seattle Times gives us a couple more pictures for the canon, found in a digital camera washed up in a Thai beach. The wave rushes in.

Posted by dbrown at February 24, 2005 11:33 AM
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