Personal Perspectives

David Lennox

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David Lennox was born in 1920 and grew up in Peachtree Hills area of Atlanta, attending North Fulton High. Often he would drive his 1938 Ford throughout the Southeast visiting as far as the Florida Keys and up the Smokey Mountains taking pictures avidly of what he saw along the way. Later he became an engineer at Atlantic Steel, like his father before him. His love of photography shows his inquisitive nature and sense of fun and adventure.

Artistic and at times daring, young David Lennox captures his friends with high speed film aperture as they jump into the quarries pool to create an almost surreal feeling of a subterranean world within the Tate marble quarry.

David Lennox, Jr. leaning on a 1938 Ford in Key West, Florida, June 1939, V2014-01-N037.
1938 Ford pulled over on a snowy road, 1940s, V2014-01-N028.
Layers of marble being cut at Tate’s marble quarry, 1932, AJCP561-008b.
Descending into a quarry, Tate, Georgia, late 1930s or early 1940s, photo sleeve has (no number sheet 60), V2014-01-N009.
Ford automobile parked on the side of a mountain road in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, 1941, V2014-01-N042.
Stunt driving at Lakewood Fairgrounds, 1930s, V2014-01-D205.
Mannie Flaum and Red William taking photographs from the hood of a 1938 Ford, 1930s, V2014-01-N013.
Labor Day Parade in a rain storm, 1938, V2014-01-N014.

Lofty and New Perspective

David Lennox often climbed great heights up radio towers, telephone poles and buildings to get a lofty perspective on his surroundings.

What is striking about David Lennox’s photographs are the stories they tell about everyday life and his take on the world around him. There is a timeless quality that shows his inquisitive nature, as if you could join him on his adventures despite the passage of decades. 

 (#18 Tate GA Red Williams Jumping), 2014-01-N043.
Described on envelope, “(#20 Tate GA View of Stairs down to pit)”, V2014-01-N042.
David Lennox Jr. climbing a telephone pole, Atlanta, Georgia, late 1930s or early 1940s, V2014-01-D022.
Aerial photograph of North Fulton High School, 1939, V2014-01-N128.
Loews Grande Theatre, circa 1938, V2014-01-D192.
Self portrait in a hubcap, Atlanta, Georgia, late 1930s or early 1940s, V2014-01-D046.
Teenagers climbing the inside of a radio broadcast tower, Atlanta, Georgia, late 1930s or early 1940s, V2014-01-N199.
David Lennox photograph of his foot, V2014-01-D002.

1940s Spyware

Lennox had, at the time, an illegal police radio so that he could track events such as President FDR’s visit and accidents of various kinds before anyone else knew about them.

Below are images of the wreckage from Eastern Airlines Flight 21, Morrow, Georgia, February 26, 1941. Eastern plane crash in Morrow, Georgia out of the 25 passengers 16 died and 9 survived, including World War I, flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker.

Wrecked and burned car, Guntersville, Alabama, late 1930s or early 1940s, V2014-01-N052.
A Woman getting out of her wrecked car, Atlanta, Georgia, late 1930s or early 1940s, V2014-01-N165.
A roadblock outside a Works Progress Administration project, Southern States, late 1930s, V2014-01-N191.
Bystanders inspect three fire damaged houses, early 1930s, V2014-01-D273.
President Franklin Roosevelt and Governor E. D. Rivers riding in an open car, 1930s-1940s, V2014-01-D101.
Wreckage from Eastern Airlines Flight 21, Morrow, Georgia, February 26, 1941. Eastern plane crash in Morrow, Georgia out of the 25 passengers 16 died and 9 survived, including World War I, flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, V2014-01-N015.
Wreckage from Eastern Airlines Flight 21, Morrow, Georgia, February 26, 1941, V2014-01-N017.
Train derailment, 1930s, V2014-01-N051.