Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 19, Number 1, Spring, 2007 Page: 28
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PHOTO GR AC PHER
itmf rTHE STORY OF
BY EVELYN BARKER
Polly Smith, 27, held her Graflex 5x7 camera against
her chest and pulled out the dark slide that covered the
film in the holder. She looked down thefocusing hood
and adjusted the image of the young man holding his
guitar and wearing a broad sombrero. She gently
thumbed the shutter release lever,' then replaced the
dark slide and flipped the film holder over,2 readying
the camera for the next shot. She asked the man to
move near a rose window and strike a similar pose.
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It was 1935 in San Antonio and this was one stop
among many Polly would make as she traveled across
Texas photographing the beauty that she saw in
everyday life. She was a photographer for the Texas
Centennial and her job was to "tell the story of
Texas"' through photographs. Texas in the 1930S had
quite a story to tell, too. It suffered like the rest of the
countryfrom the Great Depression, but the people of
Texas were proud and looking forward to better days.
Their pride and assurance were manifested in their
efforts to realize the Texas Centennial.
28 LEGACIES Spring 2007
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