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Execution of Ruth Synder
Silver contact print, warm-toned
1 1/2 x 2 in (3.8 x 5 cm)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, Oct 22, 2009, Photographs & Photographic Literature, Sale 2191 Lot 126)
On the original mount, with handwritten notations "Ruth Snyder in chair" on mount recto.
One of the most famous tabloid photographs of the 20th century, New York photojournalist Tom Howard took the picture with a hidden miniature camera, which was strapped to his ankle. A close-up of Snyder appeared on the front page of New York Daily News with the headline: "DEAD!" The picture was so extraordinary that the newspaper ran an additional 750,000 copies to meet public demand.