[Slingshot John Milligan shoots a balloon out of his wife's mouth]

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Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph of Slingshot John Milligan shooting and bursting a balloon out of his wife's mouth. Before Joe started capturing on film the extreme accuracy of John's shooting people preferred to watch him burst balloons with his slingshot. This series of photos was initially a failure because people could not understand what they were seeing (bits of exploding rubber balloon). To make this photo work and worthy enough to appear in a national publication the next time this shot was attempted two table spoons of flour was loaded into the balloon and John's wife and a next ... continued below

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1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

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Clark, Joe 19uu.

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Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph of Slingshot John Milligan shooting and bursting a balloon out of his wife's mouth. Before Joe started capturing on film the extreme accuracy of John's shooting people preferred to watch him burst balloons with his slingshot. This series of photos was initially a failure because people could not understand what they were seeing (bits of exploding rubber balloon). To make this photo work and worthy enough to appear in a national publication the next time this shot was attempted two table spoons of flour was loaded into the balloon and John's wife and a next door neighbor held the balloon in their mouths and sandwiched between them. The result "looked like a nuclear explosion. Look for it here in The Clark Family Collection. John Milligan, a machinist in Detroit, Michigan who was also the “country’s greatest slingshot expert. “He won local fame by shooting the marks out of playing cards, hitting objects in mid air and bagging game in the field.” Joe took John national with his photos documenting his talent and accuracy. To assure accuracy, he has designed his own precision-built aluminum sling, called the Milligan Special. Additional photos and information can be found in the Clark Family Collection. Photos from this series appeared in eight national publications. Here you can find articles in “Life Magazine . February 3, 1961. Pages 80-83. And in a fifteen page pictorial in the book “Photojournalism” by Joe Clark, HBSS. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Clark PhotoFile: 7335-76

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1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

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Digitization of this item was sponsored by a grant from The Headliners Foundation.

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Clark Family Photography Collection

This seminal work of visual storytelling represents the extensive Clark family archives from the golden age of American photography. Their work has featured in Life Magazine, National Geographic, Look and Newsweek.

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  • Feb. 26, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

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Clark, Joe. [Slingshot John Milligan shoots a balloon out of his wife's mouth], photograph, 19uu; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc499904/: accessed February 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.