Amelia Earhart (with George Palmer Putnam)

Underwood & UnderwoodJun 22, 1932

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
Washington, D.C., United States

Earhart first met George Putnam (1887–1950) in 1928, prior to her transatlantic flight. Born into a prominent New York publishing family, Putnam made a name for himself as an Arctic explorer before returning to the publishing industry. He later recalled his first meeting with Earhart: "When she appeared at my office I was busy, so she had to cool her heels—and didn’t like it much." Invited by wealthy American expatriate Amy Guest to publicize the 1928 flight, Putnam helped to orchestrate it and the lecture tour that followed. The following year he divorced his wife and began a relationship with Earhart, who was ten years younger. Although she refused his marriage proposal on six different occasions, she ultimately agreed, and the two married in 1931. Putnam remained her chief publicist until her death.


  • Title: Amelia Earhart (with George Palmer Putnam)
  • Creator: Underwood & Underwood
  • Date Created: Jun 22, 1932
  • Physical Dimensions: w18.6 x h23.8 cm (Image)
  • Type: Gelatin silver print
  • Rights: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of George R. Rinhart, in memory of Joan Rinhart
  • External Link: https://npg.si.edu/portraits
  • Classification: Photograph

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