Collection Artwork
attributed to Wayne Miller (Chicago, Illinois, 1918 – 2013, California)
Boot
1941-1942
photograph
paper size: 14 x 11 1/4 in.
image size: 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in.
paper size: 14 x 11 1/4 in.
Promised gift of Jack Shear
EL2020.3.2
Inscribed, verso, upper right: Wayne Miller USN ? / “Boot” 18 yr old from Arkansas / in training / 1941-2. / Vintage Navy Photo / pub. U.S. Navy War Photos [“U.S…Photos” is underlined] / Ed Steichen, pub. / $800
Inscribed, verso, upper center: [scribble] p. 6, US N War Photographs [“USN War Photographs” is underlined], Steichen, ed. (1945 ed.) / “Boot” [illegible text, partially erased]
Inscribed, verso, center: Bu Aer[?] 150790
Scribble, verso, upper left

Object Label

This “boot,” from Arkansas, became a member of the US Navy during World War II; notes on the back of the photograph list his age as 18, the youngest a person can legally serve in the military without parental consent.

From the exhibition: Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy (July 9 – December 18, 2022)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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