4.20.2015

Kodachrome Classic Monday #36

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: Springtime in the park.

Why: The slice of life image just amazes me, even in its simplicity.  Ordinary in some respects, it totally conveys all that is wonderful about a lovely spring Day.  As well (see below), it is very likely the first color image ever taken at this location, which made it very tough to pass up.        

When: This original slide is really incredible when you consider its age.   This was taken in April of 1940! The color rendition of both the park and the cars is absolutely amazing and true to life, and has held up fantastically, on what was then a very new emulsion called Kodachrome. 

Where: Newark, NJ. This was taken at the northern end of Branch Brook park, from a hillside overlooking the bridge.  The trees have grown in much more over the past 75 years, but the original bridge remains intact, carrying traffic through the park just as it did in the photo.  The matched image can't approximate the original perspective, but is instead taken from the roadway leading to the bridge itself.    


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Who: There are people to be seen, but being a scene shot, their names are lost.      

How (much): I would rather not admit that I paid over $25 for this slide, something for which I would readily ask to be slapped if I did again.  I did however score two more photos from this same group for just $5, which helps mitigate the overall cost when looked at from the group perspective.  Those two photos, while not as nicely composed as the star above, also have a great Spring feel, and can be enjoyed below!