Photographic Memory

Photographic Memory: Strings in the Rub’ al-Khali

With no radio stations reaching the Empty Quarter, an early Aramcon makes due and music.

Photographic Memory: Strings in the Rub’ al-Khali

Exploring the Rub’ al-Khali in 1952 wasn’t all work. Having gone ahead of the main party, exploration geologist C.W. “Brownie” Brown waits in his sedan for the others to catch up. A half century before the iPhone and well out of radio range, he makes his own music with his ukulele and book of songs. (Photo: T.F. Walters)

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