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New Bonnie and Clyde Photo Surfaces: Their Last Kiss

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Snapshot of Bonnie and Clyde at the Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in Dallas. (PDNB)

By    |   Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 06:42 AM

A new Bonnie and Clyde photo, reportedly of their last kiss before being ambushed and killed by authorities in Louisiana, was recently purchased with others by a private collector after being exhibited earlier this year in Dallas, Texas.

London's Daily Mail reported the never-before-developed photograph of Bonnie Parker, 24, and Clyde Barrow, 23, was believe to had been taken in Joplin, Missouri in 1933 and was part of collection of photos owned by a newspaper.

Parker and Barrow reportedly killed 13 people on a murderous two-year crime spree in which they robbed several banks and committed burglaries before law enforcement caught up to them on Highway 54 in Louisiana, the Daily Mail said.

"There are certain outlaws that become iconic, like Billy the Kid, Al Capone and others, who live on forever," said Burt Finger, owner of Photographs Do Not Bend in Dallas, who exhibited the photos in September before they were purchased, the Daily Mail said. "Bonnie and Clyde were certainly that, they were both handsome people, were nobodies, and they robbed banks at a time when banks were not loved by everyone.”

"…The previous owner had acquired the photographs from her uncle who worked at the local newspaper at the time of the event. The images are like a storyboard to a movie, but it reminds you that these were actual people aside from the portrayals and preconceptions. Some of the photographs are gory, they were killed in a horrible manner, but they were killers too. …"


The Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery website said the exhibition that included the "Bonnie and Clyde Kissing and Embracing" photo, also included bloody photos of the two after they were gunned down, their bullet-riddled getaway car, Texas Ranger Capt. Frank Hamer who hunted them down and Barrow's arrest record.

"They were brazen, they were cruel, and yet, they captured the public imagination," Dallas Morning News arts writer Michael Granberry said about the unusual popularity of the criminals back in the 1930s. "Extreme though their measures were — they were serial bank robbers — Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow embodied the frustration that thousands of poor Americans felt during the Great Depression of the 1930s."

The Daily Mail said several of the Bonnie and Clyde images were purchased by Thomas Yurkin, of Dallas.

"My favorite photograph is the two of them embracing, which they had taken while they were in Joplin, Missouri," Yurkin said. "Shortly after they were discovered in the area, (they) had to escape pretty quickly – there was film that had been unprocessed, I believe this was one of the photos from then."

Some photos taken at the same time as the undeveloped roll of film, in Missouri where the couple killed two police officers, were published in the Joplin Globe and made the Bonnie and Clyde celebrities, according to Photographs Do Not Bend.

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