May is National Photography Month?

Who knew? I sure didn’t, not until this morning when I received (another) spam mail from Amazon.com advertising all sorts of May specials on photo equipment — in honor of National Photography Month.

My first thought was “clever marketing ploy” but then curiosity got the better of me.  A Google or two later and there it was:

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 7 through May 13, 1984, as National Photo Week, and I call upon the American people to engage in appropriate observances to reflect our appreciation and understanding of the value of photography to the Nation.

Somewhere along the way, Reagan’s “National Photography Week” morphed into “National Photography Month”  the details of which are wholly elusive.  Details or not, we now find ourselves with a whopping 31 days to celebrate the art, joy, passion (and, yes, the commercialism) of photography.  With only 25 days left, I best get out the old shutterbox and start snapping some tails! Check back tomorrow for the furry results!

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