|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Monday, February 19, 2018
|'Earhart' photo taken years before disappearance: Expert|
This picture taken on April 22, 2011 shows an aerial view of Jabor Island, Jaluit Atoll. A Marshall Islands-based military expert has cast further doubt on claims that a blurry photograph in the National Archives in Washington shows famed US aviatrix Amelia Earhart alive in the territory in 1937. The fate of the legendary American and her navigator Fred Noonan during their round-the-world flight is one of aviation's greatest mysteries, and has fascinated historians for decades. Giff Johnson / AFP.
MAJURO (AFP).- A photograph supposedly showing Amelia Earhart alive in the Marshall Islands in 1937 that caused a stir earlier this month is from a Japanese book published years before the famed aviatrix disappeared, a military expert said Wednesday.
The blurry image apparently showing a white woman sitting on a Marshallese dock generated worldwide interest when it was included in a History Channel documentary screened last weekend.
It renewed interest in the fate of the legendary American and her navigator Fred Noonan who disappeared over the Pacific in July 1937 while attempting an around-the-world flight.
The programme suggested the undated photograph found in the National Archives in Washington showed Earhart and Noonan were captured by Japanese forces.
But military expert Matthew B. Holly said he had tracked the original image to a Japanese photographer's travelogue through Micronesia published before Earhart vanished.
Holly said that unlike the Washington photograph, the original -- available at Japans National Diet Library Digital collection http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1223403/99) -- is dated.
He said the documents showed the photograph was taken at Jaluit Atoll in 1935 and published as part of the 111-page travelogue in 1936.
"There is no question the photo was taken in 1935," he told AFP.
"The book is a photo collection of a man travelling on (a Japanese) vessel. The table of contents is a travelogue that looks like Saipan down to Yap, Pohnpei, and a number of photos in the Marshalls ending the book."
Holly, an American living in Majuro, has spent decades tracking down the locations of lost US aircraft and the identities of American servicemen killed in action in the western Pacific nation.
He was sceptical about the claims made about Earhart's appearance in the photograph from the outset, citing the absence of Japanese flags and soldiers in the image.
Earhart and Noonan vanished after taking off from Lae, Papua New Guinea, and the prevailing belief is that they ran out of fuel and ditched their twin-engine Lockheed Electra in the Pacific Ocean near remote Howland Island.
There has long been an oral tradition in the Marshalls that the pair crashed on a small island in Mili Atoll and were later seen at Jaluit.
But the US-based International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery dismisses the Marshalls theory.
It believes Earhart went down at Nikumaroro Atoll in the central Pacific nation of Kiribati and has launched several expeditions there searching for evidence.
© Agence France-Presse
July 16, 2017
Exhibition of prints and posters by Robert Rauschenberg opens in Hamburg
'Earhart' photo taken years before disappearance: Expert
Archaeologists go high-tech in 2,500-year-old Greek cold case
Neil Armstrong moon bag on sale for up to $4 million
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents mid-career survey of Sir David Adjaye's work to date
Colombia opens bids to retrieve 18th century sunken treasure
New exhibition at Nassau County Museum of Art demonstrates how artists have portrayed New York City
Multi-disciplinary artist Charles McGill dies at the age of 53
Exhibition presents photographic interpretations pertaining to the meaning, history, and symbolism of the circus
German film director Wim Wenders wins Helena Vaz da Silva European Award 2017
Gray's Auctioneers offers memorabilia, ephemera and souvenirs from the World's Fairs
Exhibition presents a selection of work by six artists who create representations of female sexuality
Exhibition at Leopold Museum provides insights into the past 40 years of Jan Fabre's performative work
Los Angeles artist Andy Kolar exhibits works at Walter Maciel Gallery
A selection of recent works by Mark Brosseau on view at UPSTATE Gallery on Main
Google virtual exhibition features fashion collection of Smithsonian museum
Mexican artist aims for record mural on US border wall
No visitors allowed on Japan's men-only UNESCO island
Dutch project tests floating cities to seek more space
Heritage Auctions offering rare, high-grade U.S. gold, ancient Shekel at ANA Convention Auction
Heritage Auctions enters strategic partnership with Auction Club
Exhibition offers a study of photography outside of a traditional academic setting
Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv presents 'Agnieszka Kurant: Assembly Line'
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- The Morgan explores the Medieval world's fascinating approach to the passage of time
2.- Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala
3.- Egyptian archaeologists unveil tomb of Old Kingdom priestess Hetpet
4.- The Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater
5.- Major exhibition features artistic masterpieces from the glorious Church of the Gesù
6.- From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online
7.- Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines
8.- Trish Duebber is new Coordinator of Youth Programs at Boca Raton Museum Art School
9.- Exhibition examines the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion
10.- The Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of three major European works
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.