People everywhere seemed to know who Amelia Earhart was in the 1930s. After all, she was the first woman to fly, by herself, across the Atlantic Ocean!
However, most would say that her public persona was never particularly ‘playful’ or ‘feminine.’
In the new video footage released from almost 80 years ago, the pilot seems to disregard her usual seriousness to have a photo-shoot with her personal photographer, Al Bresnik.
There is some controversy over whether or not the video was from early or late Spring in 1937, but regardless, the photo-shoot was a celebration of Earhart’s next journey; this journey would take her around the world.
After her first attempt in March of that year, Earhart crashed in Hawaii on a takeoff and sent her plane back for repairs (some argue that the video was taken before this journey, due to the plane’s great condition). Then, in May, she set off on the journey once more, only to never make it back again.
The video released was taken by Al Bresnik’s brother, John, who used a millimeter camera to get the footage. Reportedly, the video then went into storage until it was passed on to John’s son after his death in 1992. Then finally, over 20 years later, the film was seen and released to the public.
Now, a copy of the film that you can download is included when you buy the new book Amelia Earhart’s Last Photo Shoot, which discusses the last journey that the pilot made before she vanished somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.
Reports indicate that The Paragon Agency publishing house plans to eventually donate John Bresnik’s original film to a museum or an archive, where it can be properly preserved.