Bird’s Eye View: The aerial photography of Phil Hutchison

Phil Hutchison was the chief photographer for the Davenport Daily Times, Times-Democrat and Quad-City Times for 30 years. He succeeded Joe Boll, who left the Times to become advertisement manager of the Bureau Farmer, in March of 1946.

He took the job at the times shortly after his release from the Army in February 1946, after 27 months service, where he was a pilot and was attached to an aerial photographer unit.  On October 27, 1951, he won the Iowa Associated Press Newsphoto Contest in the “spot news” category for a photograph of the Mississippi River moments after it burst a levee near Muscatine, Iowa.

Phillip M. Hutchison was born on April 11, 1920 in Decatur, IL. He married Jean L. Dunlap in 1941 in Moline. He enlisted in the Army air corps on September 23, 1943.  Phil Hutchison died in Rock Island, IL on December 3, 1995.

 The Davenport Public Library Photograph Collection includes several images taken by Phil Hutchison while he worked at the Times. A lot of the images are aerial views of recently constructed buildings and landmarks. Here are some examples of Mr. Hutchison’s work from our photograph collections

Scott County Courthouse, 18 Oct 1956


Village Shoping Center, 20 Oct 1955


Davenport Municipal Airport, ca. 1950s


I-80 Bridge at LeClaire, IA, ca. 1966


Railroad locomotive, ca. 1940s

 Works Cited
“Boll Leaves Times to Take Magazine Work; Successor is Named”. The Daily Times, March 16, 1946
“Phil Hutchison, 75”. Quad-City Times, December 5, 1995, p. 2M
(posted by Cristina)

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