8.03.2015

Classic Kodachrome Monday #51

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: Hot Town, Summer in the City

Why: The haze just permeates this scene, that captures the mugginess that one associates with Gotham City, while giving just enough period elements to seemingly suggest a setting akin to that in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."        

When: July of 1962, as stamped upon the mount, and the look of the image suggests this to be pretty much when it was taken.  

Where: New York, NY. While not entirely obvious that this was a shot of New York, there were a number of overwhelming clues, particularly the two phase "Red over Green" traffic signal and the characteristic "One Way" traffic sign.  The median gave me the inclination that this may be Park Avenue, and at full zoom, the street sign in the backdrop suggests two rounded numbers as the cross street below.  A few minutes in Google Maps, and I'd discovered the location for this one, thanks in large part to the building at right with the interesting octagonal windows on the upper level.  



Who: For a dense city like New York, it is interesting that there are VERY few people evident in this morning scene.         

How (much): Picked up from an ebay auction for only $4.90.