Reynolds (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1915

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Bain News Service,, publisher.


[between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 4948-2


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    Pixel Wrangler

    • 10/Mar/2017 23:51:19

    This is daredevil John “Jammie” Reynolds (1888-1926).  The son of a steeplejack in West Philadelphia, PA, "Reynolds began performing at the age six in Buffalo, balancing on one foot from a flagpole 140 feet in the air." [1] [2]  Kristi Finefield of the Library of Congress put together an awesome collection of photographs and information about Jammie Reynolds in her recent blog post, Double Take: Detecting a Daredevil  (January 27, 2017). We also get to take a look over Kristi's shoulder as she researches a photo starting with just a fragment of information!

    "While working on a reference question about a building on 9th Street N.W. in Washington, D.C. and browsing through older photos of that street in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, one dramatic photo made me do a double take. What on Earth is going on at the top of this building?"

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    • 11/Mar/2017 08:25:44

    According to the caption of a similar photo in The evening world., June 14, 1919, Final Edition, Image 2, this photo was taken on the twenty-fifth story of the Herald Sqare Building

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    • 11/Mar/2017 08:48:33

    Most sources refer to him as Jack Reynolds. "All were eager to see “Daredevil Jack – the “Human Fly” – cheat death on this Saturday night in July, 1922. Jack Reynolds was 31 years old and he’d been doing this type of stunt for a long time. An acrobat and juggler, the Philadelphia daredevil was known by many names – Daredevil Johnny, the Climbing Wonder, and The Lizard, to name a few." See also photos in - Evening public ledger., February 04, 1915, Sports Final, Image 1 - Evening public ledger., February 05, 1915, Sports Final, Image 16 - The Washington times., September 06, 1917, FINAL EDITION, Page 3 - The West Virginian., May 19, 1922, Image 1

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    • 13/Mar/2017 21:32:35

    Reynolds (LOC)

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    • 13/Mar/2017 21:36:43

    See also this Shorpy photo and comments

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    • 01/Apr/2017 08:17:05

    Thanks for adding this wonderful photograph to Things They Won't Let Us Do Anymore.