12.01.2014

Kodachrome Classic Monday #22


Every Monday, I'll be spotlighting a different classic Kodachrome slide that I've picked up, and trying where I can to detail the who, what, when, where, why, and how (much) of the image:

This Week:

What: Man waiting at a Railroad Station.

Why: There are actually a number of reasons I selected this slide for this week's feature, not the least of which is spotlighted in the "why" section.  Aside from that aspect, I get the feeling that this very well could be one of those "earliest or only surviving" color image taken at this spot, which looks substantially different today, and is wholly impossible to replicate today.  As well, I may love train station images even more than I love train images, and this image definitely captures the "small town" feel of the long vanished golden era of rail travel.  

When: This is where this gets a bit eerie.  Imagine my surprise when I spotted this written upon the slide mount.  It is very much like seeing a digital image with a date of September 10, 2001.  The very next morning after this Kodachrome image was taken, the country's involvement in the world conflict of the time would be drastically altered.   




Where: Georgetown MA. Okay, the writing on the slide mount did a good job of telling me that much, but finding the precise location, particularly on a station not marked "Georgetown" took a little bit of research, but fortunately the answers were there.  This bird's eye view of the area looks north from Nelson Street, south of Georgetown, at the Baldpate station, with some houses along Central Avenue in the backdrop.  Most of the houses remain today, though a newer house has been built on the land directly behind the station, and the little Baldpate Station is sadly no more, as is the railroad.  For easier reference, the photographer was standing at the location of the blue square, while the station with its lone waiting passenger were situated where the red square in the image below.


Who: I would presume the man standing on the platform was known to the photographer, but he is not identified.      

How (much): One of the better slides among a batch of about 90 1941 era images of New England acquired off of ebay for about $50.  Most of the shots in the batch are technically sound, but only about a dozen are truly of much interest.  Still glad to have this though!