5.18.2015

Kodachrome Classic Monday #40

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: Blue skies street scene near a hospital, 1950's style.

Why: A color shot in excellent condition that really screams the 1950's, and bringing a full range of color to the scene.  The color preservation is among the best I've seen, even on a Kodachrome.       

When: Spring or Summer of 1952.  

Where: Ann Arbor, MI. The auction listing gave me almost that much, being advertised as a shot of the University of Michigan Hospital.  Given that much, finding the location was not too involved, as there was enough information online between Google searches and perusal of Historic Aerials to pinpoint the location of the shot.  The hospital was replaced by a newer structure to the distant right in the 1970's, so the location of this shot now looks much more suburban, as the compact nature of the scene is gone, with the site now occupied by a cardiovascular center.  


Who: Despite the infrastructure and accessories to suggest a potentially busy scene, I can't see a single soul in this scene.      

How (much): Picked up for $4.99 on ebay.