2.23.2015

Kodachrome Classic Monday #34

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: Business district on a cloudless day.

Why: Plenty of visual items of interest in this 1950's photo, showing a thriving Downtown business district, nicely drawn together by what appears to be an abandoned streetcar track (judging by the lack of overhead wires) tying the entire scene together in the middle of the street.     

When: Appears to be around 1954 according to the listing, and the mount style justifies this.  

Where: Helena, MT. Labeled on the mount and sale listing, so that helped a whole lot. I had no idea at all about the layout or history of Helena, so about 15 minutes of searching on Google finally yielded a match, though there is a lot obscuring the present view.  This looks down Last Chance Gulch from Broadway at Helena's main commercial thorofare.  The Hotel Placer buiding still remains, as does the beige building in the left foreground.  And if you look a few blocks down into the view, you'll readily discover the trio of well lit buildings evident here after the street curves again.   


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Who: Not a clue.       

How (much): I picked up this for $6.55 on ebay.