• Date in reverse: 5/25/11 (May 25, 1911) - technogeo
  • Distortion; photographer was panning the camera as the focal-plane shutter went off. - Ouij

[Race car driver Bob Burman and his "Blitzen Benz"] (LOC)

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

[Race car driver Bob Burman and his "Blitzen Benz"]

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Current title devised by Library staff based on information provided by the source: Flickr Commons Project, 2008.
Original title on negative: "Burman."
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Automobile racing

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09238

Call Number: LC-B2- 2202-5

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  1. fdtate 88 months ago | reply

    This picture appears to have been taken at Daytona Beach, Florida. Long before Daytona was associated with NASCAR it was the place to go to set land speed records. The hard-packed sand was excellent for this purpose. Actually, most racers started in Ormand Beach and drove toward the pier at Daytona. As speeds increased, it became difficult to negotiate the tight fit under the pier. Eventually those attempting land speed records turned to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

    Burnam set speed records for the mile (137.83 mph) and the kilometer (138.3 mph) at Daytona on April 22, 1911. At the time, it was the fastest a human had ever traveled.

  2. stumblng.tumblr 88 months ago | reply

    Please see stumblng.tumblr.com/post/25353354, where I've added a link to a comparative photo.

  3. The Library of Congress 87 months ago | reply

    Thank you both for the information, and yes stumblng.tumblr, this photograph does seem to exhibit the phenomenon of focal plane shutter distortion.

  4. dw3844 86 months ago | reply

    fabulous photo...reminds me of the fabulous movie "The World's Fastest Indian"!

  5. bobbychuck24 79 months ago | reply

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  6. VitorJK 77 months ago | reply

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  7. VitorJK 76 months ago | reply

    Thanks for your feedback,
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