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Francis "Red" Grandy Collection

Francis "Red" Grandy Collection

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1969 to 1983
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Red Grandy with camera

Red Grandy was born on his family’s farm in Russell, NY in 1922.  Following high school, Grandy joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and after WWII, attended the University of Southern California to study photography.  While in Europe working on a master’s degree, Grandy joined the staff of the Stars and Stripes as a photojournalist.  One early award-winning photo was of General Eisenhower following the news of the firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur by President Harry Truman.  Soon after, Red became chief photographer of the Stars and Stripes and spent 35 years documenting Cold War era Europe for the newspaper.

Grandy lives in the town of Hermon, NY and runs the Lazy River Playground, a home-based event and recreation area built by his father.  He is also the owner of one of approximately 2,000 “amphicars”, which can be operated both on the road and on water.

The collection consists of a double-oversized scrap book featuring page clippings from the Stars and Stripes newspaper with photographs by Red Grandy.  The clippings cover the years 1969 to 1983.  Also included is a three-ring binder called The Cold War Years with the Stars and Stripes, featuring many of Grandy’s most famous photos.