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From the consistent, informative and often disturbing Iconic Photos:

“Photographers are not permitted into executions in the United States. For the notorious Ruth Snyder case, the New York Daily News was desperate to get pictures; so they hired a Chicago Tribune photographer Tom Howard – virtually unknown to the prison warders or journalists in the New York area. On that fateful day  (12 January 1928), Howard, posing as a writer, arrived early in Sing Sing Prison and took up a vantage position. A miniature camera was strapped to his left ankle, the shutter release button was concealed within his jacket. As Snyder’s body shook from the jolt, Howard hoisted his pant leg and secretly snapped with a one-use camera.”

[My bolding]

Yesterday, I still didn’t know the blogger’s identity, now at least I know his or her initials are A.S.H.

If you’re aren’t reading Iconic Photos you should be. It is excellent. A.S.H. has just posted on his/her first 500 days of blogging.

Everything from love for commenters (Iconic Photos get a lot), to dubious search criteria, to accusations of very specific Americocentric partisanship despite the bloggers non-US citizenship.

A.S.H. sounds like he/she is having a blast, and despite A.S.H’s insistence he/she is not a good writer, I beg to differ.

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