“Somewhere in Carolina”


An early example of persuasive photography manipulation long before Photoshop!

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This souvenir photograph of army maneuvers purports to be Carolina. In fact, the panorama is an entirely fictional composite photograph of civilian life and military action. A sharecropper family stands outside their simple home while army units encamp across the street (likely from a photograph from an earlier war, based on their dress and equipment). Dirigibles float overhead while bombers buzz low to create a fascinating and busy compilation of wartime activity. Careful examination of the photograph shows touch up work along the seams between each frame.

The piece is a part of series of panoramic photographs taken of army maneuvers and other scenes at Camp Lee, Fort Belvoir and Fort Eustis, Virginia. There are a number available in the Special Collections Department of the University of Virginia Library.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1941

Author: Deitz Press

Sheet Width (in): 42.00

Sheet Height (in): 9.5

Condition: B

Condition Description: The photograph is in good condition, with two spots of staining in the lower margin and wear along originally issued fold lines. Pinholes in each corner.