02/27/2012 03:52 pm ET Updated Apr 28, 2012

Charles Cushman And 'The Day In Its Color'

Hoosier native and longtime Chicago resident, Charles Cushman (1896--1972) worked at various jobs--editor, statistician, bureaucrat--but his consuming preoccupation was photography. He took his first picture using Kodachrome slide film on September 3, 1938. The subject was his red Ford coupe, with San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. A shadowy figure in the car's front seat is likely his wife, Jean. For the next 31 years, Cushman chronicled his cross-country journeys with a Contax IIA 35-millimeter camera, amassing a meticulously cataloged collection of 14,500 images.

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