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The Missing Pole
The picture became one of the most famous of the twentieth century. Filo won a Pulitzer Prize for it in 1971. But sometime around 1972 an unknown photo editor decided to airbrush out the pole that was awkwardly situated behind Vecchio's head.
The altered image (bottom) replaced the original in the Time-Life Picture Archive and consequently became the standard print used by most publications. Although the de-poled photo ran in many magazines, no one noticed the deletion until May 1995, when it appeared in Life Magazine.
Links and References
Mystery of the Missing Pole -- Solved!, National Press Photographers Association email listserver (via Web Archive).