The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 June 2007

Depth of Field

That's the title of the cover story in the July/August Oklahoma Today, which offers the editors' selection of the 46 (think about it) "top images" in the state's history. Inevitably, the set begins with a Land Run: the September 1893 opening of the Cherokee Strip, shot on behalf of (but not actually by) photographer William S. Prettyman. There's a shot of the first OU football team, in 1896, which set some sort of record for futility: they didn't score so much as a first down all season. There's Jim Thorpe doing the high jump, the Wild Mary Sudik going ballistic, inevitable Dust Bowl scenes, the sit-in at Katz Drug in 1958, and tornadoes all over the place. Stuff like this makes me wish I actually knew how to take pictures, and makes me grateful that there are people who do.

Posted at 6:02 PM to Soonerland


There's a shot of the first OU football team, in 1896, which set some sort of record for futility.

The 1996 OU Centennial team tried to match that level of futility, going 2-9.

Posted by: Dan B at 10:48 AM on 25 June 2007