Protection: U.S. Antiaircraft Guns

Description
This photograph was one of Carl Mydans' photo essay images for LIFE magazine titled "Antiaircraft Guns: How the U.S. Army Uses Them" (Dec 17, 1937).
According to the magazine caption, this mobile gun was the mainstay of America's antiaircraft defense. It could fire twenty-five 12½ lb. projectiles a minute to a height of 25,000 feet, making it one of the most destructive guns in the world at the time. Its principal purpose was to ward off attacks on military objectives such as factories, railroad stations, and munitions depots.
This photograph earned Mydans an Exhibition Award in the First International Photographic Exposition at Grand Central Palace, New York (April 1938).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
photograph
Date made
1937
photographer
Mydans, Carl
Physical Description
paper (image material)
Measurements
image: 9 in x 13 1/4 in; 22.86 cm x 33.655 cm
mount: 20 in x 16 in; 50.8 cm x 40.64 cm
ID Number
2005.0228.040
accession number
2005.0228
catalog number
2005.0228.040
subject
Photography
Carl Mydans
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Carl Mydans
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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