Cover, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. ix

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiii

There are three books so far written and published about Fonville Winans (1911– 1992), the now famous Louisiana photographer: Myron Tassin’s inadequate...

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Prologue

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pp. 1-3

What boy is unmoved in the face of true adventure? As the Great Depression overwhelmed families and its blanket of hopelessness fell over the South, young people sought relief wherever they could. In the 1920s and 1930s there was a feast of new media tantalizing the imagination...

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Summer 1932

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pp. 5-117

The day dawned bright and clear: a good omen for our projected cruise. Bob and I arose early, ate breakfast, packed the “T” model ford, and we’re off at 8:30 o’clock, after bidding farewell to Bob’s folks. Next we stopped at my house and told my folks goodbye, after which we continued...

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Interlude

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pp. 119-123

Fonville, Bob, and Don went and rescued their beloved Pintail, fixed her up, and took her all over creation making movies and taking pictures. Then they returned to edit and realize their profits. This part didn’t work exactly as planned, but the film was a huge hit in schools. The authorities...

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Summer 1934

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pp. 125-187

Things were getting dull around home. I had a job on the Press as photographer, a bit of photo business of my own built up on the side, and occasional dance orchestra work at night. Still things were dull. I kept dreaming about the swamps and marshes, of delightful days spent...

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Coda

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p. 189

The Pintail died near Fleming Plantation, where one of Fonville’s unrequited loves was to mourn the loss of this talented, lanky boy from Texas for the rest of her life. Avoca Island absorbed the Pintail’s bones, and Fonville...

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A Note on Voyage of the “Pintail”

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pp. 191-192

In 1995, three years after Fonville Winans’s death, his heirs placed many of his surviving negatives on deposit in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections, including not only the images reproduced in this book but also images that run the gamut of his work. From high society...