Notes: Original photograph, 16-7/8 by 19-7/8 inches (paper); image size, 13-1/2 by 16 inches.
A photograph of soldiers forming the air force symbol.
"Goldbeck's last major insignia effort was also his most spectacular. It enlisted the support of more than 21,000 men... Staging this formation required two months of planning as well as the special 212-foot tower that Goldbeck built."—Louis Kaplan, American Exposures: Photography and Community in the Twentieth Century, p. 18.
The armed services were not officially integrated until 1948 so perhaps it is symbolic that the most of the African American soldiers are grouped in the center of the Air Force star, surrounded by white soldiers wearing white. This image is on the cover of one of the two monographs devoted to Goldbeck's photos.
Edition + Condition: Pinholes and minor loss to corners, minor soiling to margins; photographer's stamp on back. Image fine.
Publication: San Antonio: National Photo News Service, 1947.
Item No: #2531