National Geographic : 2014 Oct
In the Loupe With Bill Bonner, National Geographic Archivist VISIONS Call and Response A megaphone-brandishing census taker hails occupants of the Deer Island lighthouse in Boston, Massachusetts. Was anyone listening? Yes, it turns out—under archivist Bill Bonner’s magnifying loupe, a man in a jaunty cap is visible at the rail with a megaphone of his own. This photo was likely acquired for (but never published in) our November 1959 story on the U.S. census. “An army 160,000 strong prepares to count noses across the land,” wrote authors Albert W. Atwood and Lonnelle Aikman. “To satisfy the Nation’s curiosity about itself, roving interviewers will trudge country roads, brave dark alleys, ride mules, row small boats, and bounce in jeeps and snowmobiles.” Megaphones were optional. —Margaret G. Zackowitz PHOTO: UPI/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE Meet Bill Bonner, National Geographic’s archivist of vintage photographs: proof.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/27/the-archivist.