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 Decade: 1950-1959
 Year: 1952
[Fence post]

[Fence post]

Date: 1952
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of wild flowers growing up and through a wooden fence post. Through the fence wooded hills can be seen.
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[Johnny Milligan aims for balloons - spoiler alert]

[Johnny Milligan aims for balloons - spoiler alert]

Date: March 22, 1952
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of slingshot expert, Johnny Milligan, preparing to fire on balloons held in the mouths of two assistants. Narrative by Junebug Clark: The two assistants being his wife and their next door neighbor. (Spoiler Alert) An earlier photo in the Clark Family Collection shows John bursting a balloon in his wife's mouth. The photo was unsuccessful because the burst balloon was just flying bits of rubber and were unrecognizable. This photo shows how my father, Joe, put a couple spoonfuls of flour in each ballon. Another photo in this collection will show the 'explosive result' and a photo that made it into national newsmagazines. John Milligan, a machinist in Detroit, Michigan who was also the “country’s greatest slingshot expert. “He won local fame by shooting the marks out of playing cards, hitting objects in mid air and bagging game in the field.” Joe took John national with his photos documenting his talent and accuracy. To assure accuracy, he has designed his own precision-built aluminum sling, called the Milligan Special. Additional photos and information can be found in the Clark Family Collection. Photos from this series appeared in eight national publications. Here you can find articles in “Life Magazine . February ...
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[Machine at Airport]

[Machine at Airport]

Date: August 8, 1952
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of a machine at an airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or Charleston, South Carolina. The machine appears to have several tubes that extend into the sky.
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[The Milligan Special Sling Shot]

[The Milligan Special Sling Shot]

Date: March 22, 1952
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of a Milligan Special slingshot, which bears a label reading: Milligan Special Slingshot Co., Model No. 1, P. O. Box 203, Lincoln Park, Mich. Made in USA. Four lead hunting slingshot balls lie beside the slingshot. John Milligan, a machinist in Detroit, Michigan who was also the “country’s greatest slingshot expert. “He won local fame by shooting the marks out of playing cards, hitting objects in mid air and bagging game in the field.” Joe took John national with his photos documenting his talent and accuracy. To assure accuracy, he has designed his own precision-built aluminum sling, called the Milligan Special. Additional photos and information can be found in the Clark Family Collection. Photos from this series appeared in eight national publications. Here you can find articles in “Life Magazine . February 3, 1961. Pages 80-83. And in a fifteen page pictorial in the book “Photojournalism” by Joe Clark, HBSS. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
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[Precision shooting by slingshot expert John Milligan (1)]

[Precision shooting by slingshot expert John Milligan (1)]

Date: March 22, 1952
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: John Milligan's wife and next door neighbor each holding a balloon filled with two tablespoons of flour as John bursts the balloons with a steel ball bearing launched from his "Milligan Special" slingshot. The result is a dramatic explosion and plume that looks almost nuclear. John Milligan, a machinist in Detroit, Michigan who was also the “country’s greatest slingshot expert. “He won local fame by shooting the marks out of playing cards, hitting objects in mid air and bagging game in the field.” Joe took John national with his photos documenting his talent and accuracy. To assure accuracy, he has designed his own precision-built aluminum sling, called the Milligan Special. Additional photos and information can be found in the Clark Family Collection. Photos from this series appeared in eight national publications. Here you can find articles in “Life Magazine . February 3, 1961. Pages 80-83. And in a fifteen page pictorial in the book “Photojournalism” by Joe Clark, HBSS. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
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[Precision shooting by slingshot expert John Milligan (2)]

[Precision shooting by slingshot expert John Milligan (2)]

Date: March 22, 1952
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: John Milligan's wife and next door neighbor each holding a balloon filled with two tablespoons of flour as John bursts the balloons with a steel ball bearing launched from his "Milligan Special" slingshot. The result is a dramatic explosion and plume that looks almost nuclear. John Milligan, a machinist in Detroit, Michigan who was also the “country’s greatest slingshot expert. “He won local fame by shooting the marks out of playing cards, hitting objects in mid air and bagging game in the field.” Joe took John national with his photos documenting his talent and accuracy. To assure accuracy, he has designed his own precision-built aluminum sling, called the Milligan Special. Additional photos and information can be found in the Clark Family Collection. Photos from this series appeared in eight national publications. Here you can find articles in “Life Magazine . February 3, 1961. Pages 80-83. And in a fifteen page pictorial in the book “Photojournalism” by Joe Clark, HBSS. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
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[Slingshot John Milligan]

[Slingshot John Milligan]

Date: March 22, 1952
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of John Milligan using a slingshot to burst balloons being held in the mouths of his wife and a next-door neighbor. John Milligan, a machinist in Detroit, Michigan who was also the “country’s greatest slingshot expert. “He won local fame by shooting the marks out of playing cards, hitting objects in mid air and bagging game in the field.” Joe took John national with his photos documenting his talent and accuracy. To assure accuracy, he has designed his own precision-built aluminum sling, called the Milligan Special. Additional photos and information can be found in the Clark Family Collection. Photos from this series appeared in eight national publications. Here you can find articles in “Life Magazine . February 3, 1961. Pages 80-83. And in a fifteen page pictorial in the book “Photojournalism” by Joe Clark, HBSS. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Clark PhotoFile: 6335-86
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[Slingshot John Milligan knocking ash off cigarette]

[Slingshot John Milligan knocking ash off cigarette]

Date: March 22, 1952
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of slingshot expert, John Milligan knocking the ash off of his wife's cigarette. The woman stands in the foreground with her eyes closed as the ball from the fired slingshot hits the tip of her cigarette. Narrative by Junebug Clark: Impressive and captured in this photograph is proof that John was shooting the ash off of his wife's cigarette. The cigarette stayed lit. In real time people thought just getting close would do it, or his wife would flick the cigarette with her tongue. Not so, photographic proof of Slingshot Milligan's uncanny accuracy. John Milligan, a machinist in Detroit, Michigan who was also the “country’s greatest slingshot expert. “He won local fame by shooting the marks out of playing cards, hitting objects in mid air and bagging game in the field.” Joe took John national with his photos documenting his talent and accuracy. To assure accuracy, he has designed his own precision-built aluminum sling, called the Milligan Special. Additional photos and information can be found in the Clark Family Collection. Photos from this series appeared in eight national publications. Here you can find articles in “Life Magazine . February 3, 1961. Pages 80-83. And in a fifteen page pictorial ...
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[Slingshot John Milligan shoots a key in midair]

[Slingshot John Milligan shoots a key in midair]

Date: March 22, 1952
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of slingshot expert Johnny Milligan shoots a key midair that is being tossed up by his wife. John Milligan, a machinist in Detroit, Michigan who was also the “country’s greatest slingshot expert. “He won local fame by shooting the marks out of playing cards, hitting objects in mid air and bagging game in the field.” Joe took John national with his photos documenting his talent and accuracy. To assure accuracy, he has designed his own precision-built aluminum sling, called the Milligan Special. Additional photos and information can be found in the Clark Family Collection. Photos from this series appeared in eight national publications. Here you can find articles in “Life Magazine . February 3, 1961. Pages 80-83. And in a fifteen page pictorial in the book “Photojournalism” by Joe Clark, HBSS. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Signed by: Joe Clark, HBSS
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[Slingshot John Milligan shoots a penny midair]

[Slingshot John Milligan shoots a penny midair]

Date: March 22, 1952
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of slingshot expert, John Milligan, shooting a penny midair. The penny is tossed into the air by his wife. John Milligan, a machinist in Detroit, Michigan who was also the “country’s greatest slingshot expert. “He won local fame by shooting the marks out of playing cards, hitting objects in mid air and bagging game in the field.” Joe took John national with his photos documenting his talent and accuracy. To assure accuracy, he has designed his own precision-built aluminum sling, called the Milligan Special. Additional photos and information can be found in the Clark Family Collection. Photos from this series appeared in eight national publications. Here you can find articles in “Life Magazine . February 3, 1961. Pages 80-83. And in a fifteen page pictorial in the book “Photojournalism” by Joe Clark, HBSS. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Clark PhotoFile: 6335-77
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