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In the beginning was the photograph and it was worth a thousand words.



Sometimes a photographer will take a picture that will include a word or words. 

Sometimes words will be printed in the negative.

Sometimes words will actually be written in ink or pencil on the surface of the photograph. 

Sometimes words will actually be written in ink or pencil on the back of the photograph.  

Sometimes words are printed on paper and pasted on the back of the photograph.

In newspaper editing, a slug is a short name given to an article that is in production. The story is labeled with its slug as it makes its way from the reporter through the editorial process. The AP Stylebook prescribes its use by wire reporters (in a "keyword slugline") as follows: "The keyword or slug (sometimes more than one word) clearly indicates the content of the story."Sometimes a slug also contains code information that tells editors specific information about the story — for example, the letters "AM" at the beginning of a slug on a wire story tell editors that the story is meant for morning papers, while the letters "CX" indicate that the story is a correction to an earlier story.


"The origin of the term slug derives from the days of hot-metal printing, when printers set type by hand in a small form called a stick. Later huge Linotype machines turned molten lead into casts of letters, lines, sentences and paragraphs. A line of lead in both eras was known as a slug."(WIKIPEDIA)




Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



Goethe's "Faust." Bayard Taylor Translation
Cyanotype Real Photo Postcard. 
Unknown Photographer


"The Studio Murder Mystery." 
A 1929 Murder Mystery Film

Aeroplane Listening Post. World War I

Taken By Foncie Pulice.
Street Photographer.
Vancouver B.C. Canada

Mutoscope Marquee From
 "Dough And Dynamite" (1917)
Charlie Chaplin And Billy West

Abbortsford. The Library.
Albumen Print by
George Washington Wilson
Imagine all the words in these books

Robert Winthrop Chanler (February 22, 1872 – October 24, 1930) was an American artist and member of the Astor and Dudley–Winthrop families.[1] A designer and muralist, Chanler received much of his art training in France at the École des Beaux-Arts, and there his most famous work, titled Giraffes, was completed in 1905 and later purchased by the French government. Robert D. Coe, who studied with him, described Chanler as being "eccentric and almost bizarre." Chanler rose to prominence as an acclaimed American artist when his work was exhibited in the 1913 Armory Show in New York City.

Chanler was a member of the New York State Assembly (Dutchess Co., 2nd D.) in 1904, but did not run for re-election. In 1907, he was elected sheriff of Dutchess County, New York, and remained in that office for three years. (Wikipedia)


AEF In Siberia (Polar Bears). 1918-1920. 
Real Photo Postcard. 
Unknown Photographer


Alfred Hitchcock, "Frenzy Poster" 
 1972.  UPI Silver Print


A hoodlum is a thug, usually in a group of misfits who are associated with crime or theft. The earliest reference to the word hoodlum was in the December 14, 1866, San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin after the Hoodlum Band was arrested on December 13, 1866. Members of the gang were sentenced to the Industrial School for stealing clothes. The gang used many keys to enter hotel rooms and boarding houses. On December 14, 1866, Lazarus Moses was arrested for selling clothes stolen by the Hoodlum Band. Moses was fined $300. Moses's nickname was Fagin. The public read about the acts of the Hoodlum Band, and the word hoodlum became a synonym for a young thug. The term is believed to have come into existence as the portmanteau of "[neighbor]hood [prob]lems". (Wikipedia)


With, in this case, the addition of a few extra words

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