Robert Wiles, The body of 23-year-old Evelyn McHale rests atop a crumpled limousine minutes after she jumped to her death from the Empire State Building, (1947)
On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. “He is much better off without me… . I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody,” she wrote. Then she crossed it out. She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. Through the mist she gazed at the street, 86 floors below. Then she jumped. In her desperate determination she leaped clear of the setbacks and hit a United Nations limousine parked at the curb. Across the street photography student Robert Wiles heard an explosive crash. Just four minutes after Evelyn McHale’s death Wiles got this picture of death’s violence and its composure.
-Life Magazine, May, 1947
the more you know
In Honor of another Monday:
Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin in “Nine to Five,” 1980
Birth of Venus (La nascita di Venere)
Alexandre Cabanel vs. Sandro Botticelli
Ready for the first day of school!
1900’s Street Fashion.