Iconic World War II era photo of giant steer recreated by original model

By James Bennett IIICNHI News ServiceKOKOMO, Ind. — In the early 1940s, 22-year-old Phyllis Talbert posed in front of Old Ben, a giant steer preser...

September 10, 2022
2:20 PM

By James Bennett IIICNHI News ServiceKOKOMO, Ind. — In the early 1940s, 22-year-old Phyllis Talbert posed in front of Old Ben, a giant steer preserved by a taxidermist, for the first time. The photo was printed over 2,000 times and circulated among U.S. military personnel during World War II. Recently, Talbert, now 100 years old, returned to Kokomo, Indiana, to recreate the photo.With her wheelchair positioned in front of the mounted steer and cameras gathered around her once again, Phyllis Talbert  Talbert called out, 'Keep me where I belong.