5.11.2015

Kodachrome Classic Monday #39

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: Highway vista with a view.

Why: Though a fairly ordinary shot in comparison to many, this shot is helped along by it being the likely "first color photo" of this location, as you'll see below       

When: This reaches all the way back to May 3, 1940.  The new "Governor Ritchie Highway" pictured had only recently been completed when this photo was taken, providing a much straighter path (almost "bone straight" in fact - you are looking at one of the very few curves in the entire road) between its two end points than the old Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, and also putting a serious competitive blow to the paralleling railroad link nearby.  


Where: Annapolis, MD. Okay, well maybe this would technically be Severnside or Manresa since this is across the river from Annapolis, but the familiarity of these spots pale in comparison to the state capitol.    


Who: It is a very quiet scene here on this day in a vastly different era.  Traffic volumes have since grown greatly.      

How (much): Purchased among a handful of Annapolis slides for about $5.00.  There are some really great gems in this batch considering the price.  I'm sharing a few more below!