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Miss America pageant winner Bess Myerson, 1945.  Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Miss America pageant winner Bess Myerson, 1945. Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness, Seen Through a Great Photographer's Lens

Two debutantes making their debut at cotillion at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, 1946.

Two debutantes making their debut at cotillion at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, 1946.

Miss America pageant winner Bess Myerson, 1945.

The Pursuit of Happiness, Seen Through a Great Photographer's Lens

Dietmar Eckell has traveled the world in pursuit of ruin. His portfolio is filled with mystifyingly beautiful pictures of abandoned buildings, forgotten military sites and decomposing cars. For his newest project, he tracked down 15 rotting airplane carcasses.

Ghostly Plane Wrecks Found in Remote, Exotic Locations

Dietmar Eckell has traveled the world in pursuit of ruin. His portfolio is filled with mystifyingly beautiful pictures of abandoned buildings, forgotten military sites and decomposing cars. For his newest project, he tracked down 15 rotting airplane carcasses.

Historical marker erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution - Tampa, Florida.  Tablet reads, "[1539 - 1926] Marks the tree under which tradition say's [sic] De Soto parleyed with the Indians".

Historical marker erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution - Tampa, Florida. Tablet reads, "[1539 - 1926] Marks the tree under which tradition say's [sic] De Soto parleyed with the Indians".

Willie Kavanaugh Hocker (1862-1944)    Willie Kavanaugh Hocker of Wabbaseka and Pine Bluff, both in Jefferson County, was a schoolteacher, poet, and active member of civic groups such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Colonial Dames Society. She was also the designer of the Arkansas state flag, one of only two women in the United States who have had state flag designs adopted.  www.arkansaswomen.org

Willie Kavanaugh Hocker (1862-1944) Willie Kavanaugh Hocker of Wabbaseka and Pine Bluff, both in Jefferson County, was a schoolteacher, poet, and active member of civic groups such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Colonial Dames Society. She was also the designer of the Arkansas state flag, one of only two women in the United States who have had state flag designs adopted. www.arkansaswomen.org

Faces of the American revolution: Amazing early photographs which document some of the heroes of the War for Independence in their later yea...

Faces of the American revolution: Amazing early photographs which document some of the heroes of the War for Independence in their later years

Faces of the American revolution: Amazing early photographs which document some of the heroes of the War for Independence in their later yea...

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