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PAUL W. PAPA & R.J. “GILL” GILLILAN. Desert Dust: One Man’s Passion to Uncover the True Story Behind an Iconic American Photograph

PAUL W. PAPA & R.J. “GILL” GILLILAN. Desert Dust: One Man’s Passion to Uncover the True Story Behind an Iconic American Photograph. HPD Publishing. Trade paperback, 469 Pages, $18.95. Amazon.

Near the end of World War II and only weeks before the start of the Cold War, a wild palomino stallion was captured and photographed in the Red Desert of Wyoming. Almost overnight, the photograph became a sensation—an iconic American symbol of strength, independence, and freedom. After winning a national contest, the photograph landed in the Wyoming State Capital, the House of Commons in London, the Canadian Parliament in Toronto, and the Senate Chambers of the United States. Along the way, the stallion was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated short, two travelogues, and articles in several national magazines. The photograph was displayed in bars, restaurants, and public buildings. It was reproduced in a wide variety of forms. That is, until a lawsuit with one of the strangest judgments ever issued curtailed everything. Desert Dust is the story of one man’s passion to uncover the true story of two men, a wild stallion, and the photograph that changed their lives forever.