I was just there.
“Postman delivering mail, rural mail route, York county, Maine” By George W. Ackerman, August 26, 1930 (33-SC-14560c)
During a nearly 40-year career with the Department of Agriculture, George W. Ackerman (1884-1962) estimated that he took over 50,000 photographs. Ackerman began working as a photographer for the Bureau of Plant Industry in 1910 at a salary of $900 a year.
Happy birthday Bob.
He had the requisite looks, charm, and talent — but it wasn’t until 1969 that Robert Redford truly broke out, guns blazing, as a Hollywood stud. That was the year of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and also the year that LIFE photographer John Dominis spent a week with the mustached man’s man, as the star mixed business and pleasure at his homes in Utah and New York.
Only a few of the photos Dominis captured made it into the February 1970 LIFE cover story trailing Redford — but now, as the iconic actor/filmmaker turns 75 (on August 18, 2011), LIFE.com presents never-before-published photos from that amazing shoot: Redford in the mountains on horseback, strolling around Times Square, and always, always taking care of business.
Happy Birthday Robert Redford! — Robert Redford: UNPUBLISHED Photos