Posts Tagged ‘George Putnam’


Who am I remembering today?

July 2, 2012

“We like to stress her accomplishments rather than her disappearance,” said Louise Foudray, who serves as caretaker and historian of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. “However, everyone loves a mystery.”

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, along with navigator, Fred Noonan, over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.

It seems strange to read that there is breaking news about the tragic loss of this pioneering figure, but a new search for her plane is being initiated off the island of Nikumaroro, which is part of the nation of Kiribati.  The search was stimulated by a vintage jar of anti-freckle cream found on a island in the western Pacific near Earhart’s last reported location.

She was married to writer George Putnam, but had progressive ideas about marriage and the roles of women.

She placed third at the Cleveland Women’s Air Derby, later nicknamed the “Powder Puff Derby” by Will Rogers. As fate would have it, her life also began to include George Putnam. The two developed a friendship during preparation for the Atlantic crossing and were married February 7, 1931. Intent on retaining her independence, she referred to the marriage as a “partnership” with “dual control.”  In a letter written to Putnam and hand delivered to him on the day of the wedding, she wrote, “I want you to understand I shall not hold you to any midaevil [sic] code of faithfulness to me nor shall I consider myself bound to you similarly.”


Christian Science Monitor

The Official Website of Amelia Earhart

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