Photo by Hugo Jaeger, from Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images. Austrians cheer Adolf Hitler during his 1938 campaign (before the Anschluss) to unite Austria and Germany.
I came across this picture on Twitter, in a tweet by Life Magazine (@LIFE) on October 29 of this year. It pointed to a pictorial essay titled “Adolf Hitler: Color Photos of a Tyrant Among the Crowds“.
What struck me almost immediately in this 1938 photo was the look on the face of the girl in the lower right corner. I read it as “something is not right here”, mixed with fear and a sense of pending doom. Was she seeing what the others would learn later?
Captured this shot completely by accident at a family friendly concert over the July 4th weekend. I was trying to get a crowd shot by holding my phone as high up over my head as I could, and the first one showed the rays of the sun coming through the trees. So I tried it again, moving the target a bit, and was surprised by the above result.
With the late day sun shining down on the young girl with the orange flower in her hair, the photo just screamed “Woodstock” to me.
The girl’s family was happy to get a copy, and had no problem with me keeping mine.
I’ve owned or leased a lot of different vehicles over the last 40+ years and this 2000 Mazda B2000 pickup truck is in my top 5 favorites. I now really wish I had bought it at the end of the 39 month lease, it was a fun ride. It would still look as good as in the pic, which was taken just before I turned it in.
It was a “Gentleman’s Pickup”. I did favors with it for relatives and friends but told them it doesn’t go to the dump, and doesn’t haul manure. The reality was that even being only a 2 wheel drive, it was a gas guzzler, streets or highway. Best I ever got was 15 mpg, in the summer, and winter gave me only 13 mpg. So I had to let it go.
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