a deadly camera

deadly little plate camera in Smithsonian

Toronto. In 1928, newspaper photos of American executions were verboten. A famous execution in New York State was that of the infamous Ruth Snyder, convicted of murdering her husband. To circumvent the barriers to photographing Snyder’s execution, the NY Daily News snuck in an outsider, ¬†photographer Tom Howard.

Howard used an ankle strapped miniature plate camera to capture the horrifying event. His photo of Snyder was printed next day by the Daily News. The Daily News donated the camera to the Smithsonian in 1963. Thanks to George Dunbar for this trip back in time.

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