The Need to Ascend

This is my collection from the picture collection at Harold Washington Library.  I wanted to assemble a group of similar postures/gestures associated with climbing (photographed from the back) and summitting (arms raised in conquest).  The idea that this urge to climb and/or conquer can be traced back to prehistoric time is casually explored.  There is also a little interesting timeline of flag-planting, from a pioneer at the North pole to an illustration of a group of nations, to a single politician.  And the last observer begs the question, what next will we explore?

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