Hitchhiker with His Dog "Tripper" on U.S. 66, May 1972

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    Original Caption: Hitchhiker with His Dog, "Tripper", on U.S. 66. U.S. 66 Crosses The Colorado River At Topock: 05/1972

    U.S. National Archives' Local Identifier: NWDNS-412-DA-6626

    From: Series: DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency's Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, compiled 1972-1977 (Record Group 412)

    Created by: Environmental Protection Agency. (12/02/1970 - )

    Production Date: 05/1972

    Photographer: O'Rear, Charles, 1941-

    Yuma (Yuma county, Arizona, United States) inhabited place

    Persistent URL: research.archives.gov/description/549112

    Repository: Still Picture Unit of the National Archives at College Park

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    1. The U.S. National Archives 54 months ago | reply


      We know from photographer Charles O'Rear that he never learned the hitchhiker's name. He only learned Tripper's name. This is arguably the most popular DOCUMERICA image in the collection.

      Jerry (U.S. National Archives)

    2. wirrrn 52 months ago | reply

      Awesome, evocative picture. He's cute! I would totally have dated him if I wasn't only 4 months old at the time the picture was taken! Amazing to think that he'd be in his late Fifties/ early Sixties now...

    3. The U.S. National Archives 52 months ago | reply

      Hi, wirrn!
      Glad you like the photo. It's one of our favorites here at National Archives. I spoke with the photographer Charles O'Rear about this guy and he says he never learned the hitchhiker's name, unfortunately. Can't beat those groovy threads!

      Jerry (U.S. National Archives)

    4. addclinton 43 months ago | reply

      He would be about 60 now. Wonder how life treated him.

    5. Yaroslav Gerzhedovich 40 months ago | reply

      Fabulous. The guy looks like a rock star :-)

    6. Vitiaco 40 months ago | reply

      And the trousers are excellent :-)

    7. BlueisCoool 27 months ago | reply

      What a great looking old capture and i wonder what became of this person and his dog.

    8. ratexla 27 months ago | reply

      Hello to everyone talking about the innocence and safety of the olden days. You may want to read "The better angels of our nature: Why violence has declined" by Steven Pinker. :D

      Anyway, lovely shot! :)

    9. JIM Mourgos 27 months ago | reply

      Innocence? Watts riots, killing at the Kent campus, Vietnam, Watergate. Yeah, right.

      Good photo though.

    10. JIM Mourgos 27 months ago | reply

      And let's not forget Kennedy both John and Robert, assassinated as well as MLK. Innocent indeed.

    11. rwchicago 27 months ago | reply

      Is this for real? Amazing!

    12. Temari 09 27 months ago | reply

      What a cool image! Thanks for sharing.

    13. Sergio Ivan 09 [deleted] 27 months ago | reply

      Nice photo

    14. Nina Pearman [deleted] 27 months ago | reply


    15. Jon Haynes Photography 27 months ago | reply

      he's holding that pup like a fashion accessory

    16. GaGal#1 27 months ago | reply

      How cool is this? LOL, great observation...like a purse.

    17. boofsmom 17 months ago | reply

      Those jeans!

    18. d nelson 17 months ago | reply

      Wow, a few years later, right out of high school, I hitched across America, with both long hair and a dog. Even went passed Topock Gorge.

    19. KaufmanTrailers [deleted] 13 months ago | reply

      many patches.

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