Animals Aloft

Aviation can sometimes be downright inhuman.




“Rudy Arnold began to specialize in aviation photography while working on the New York Graphic newspaper,” according to Janus. “In 1928, he began his own business, working out of New York City airports. Arnold’s photographs appeared in both aviation and mass circulation magazines, and in the house publications of the major aircraft manufacturers. Arnold captured an exciting period of aviation history in his pictures, but it wasn’t exactly easy work, as he later explained: ‘All through the early days of flying, I worked as an aerial news photographer, and today I’ve got the gray hair, scars, and shaky nerves to prove it.’” In this, one of Arnold’s more sedate pictures, a Pan American Airways stewardess holds a box of brightly dyed Easter chicks.

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