on cruise missiles and ufos

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Max Allen has discovered this image of the George Washington Bridge in NYC. Compare with the image below, which we have always had trouble interpreting… It seems this is another one of those instances where images morph through repetition, through different generations of copyists, and in this instance acquiring new content. These looked like Tomahawk cruise missiles to me, but can we be certain of anything?
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Here we find an example of the nature of progressive abstraction, where motifs tend towards geometric simplification, losing detail generation by generation… However in this case, the origins of the cruise missiles (above the Hudson River) are somewhat clouded.
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