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Argosy3 Camera back in St. Louis, December 2008, Forest Park and Charles Lindbergh

The Argosy 3 is a project sending a single camera around the world.
This Argus C-four is nearing the end of its trek, having passed through the hands of more than 30 photographers so far, visiting such places as Britain, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Australia, and many of the States and Territories of the USA.

It was here in the St. Louis area in August of 2007, I have three galleries of my photos posted here at pbase.com with some of those images.

However, at this point, the camera was sent back to me for some needed repairs and adjustments.
This last weekend I did some of those procedures, and yesterday, Tuesday December 2, 2008, took the camera out for a film test.

My destination was Forest Park in St. Louis. After recent snow and cold, the sun rose bright for a welcome thaw.
The first series of photos are in the Grand Basin area, which was the core of the 1904 World's Fair site. The Art Museum at the top of Art Hill is one of the few permanent structures left from the World's Fair.
The grassy meadow pictured saw a crowd of more than 100,000 people gathered to greet Charles Lindbergh when he visited after his historic 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic.

With that thought in mind, I next went over to the nearby Missouri History Museum to photograph artifacts associated with Charles Lindbergh, and the 1904 Wlorld's Fair.
The airplane hanging from the ceiling is a second plane built to the same specs, at about the same time, as the one that crossed the Atlantic. This plane in St. Louis was in fact used in the movie re-creation of Charles' flight, and was used by Jimmie Stewart in the film.

The marble sculpture in the last frame was carved for the Italian Pavilion at the 1904 World's Fair.

Film used was Walgreens Studio 35 ASA 200 print film. Most shots all were available light, the last one of the plane being the exception. A few of the low light frames took on some strangeness in the machine scanning, maybe a little reciprocity failure, lens wide open at 1/10 second.

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All images are 2008 E.J.Kowalski.
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