2.01.2016

Classic Kodachrome Monday #75

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: Summertime in the South


Why: The shot just gives off a muggy appearance by all accounts, containing a muted greenish background hue that makes it feel like a warm, humid day.    

When: Mid 1950's based upon the autos in view.

Where: Birmingham, AL. The city was known from the writing on the slide mount, but aside from that, other clues were somewhat fleeting in figuring out the exact location.  The biggest hint was the old Bankhead Hotel that stands prominently in the distance, combined with the underpass one can make out burrowing directly under the photographer.  Certainly, there must have been a need for such an underpass to be constructed, and my suspicion was that it was tunneling under railroad tracks.  It took a good bit of research, but it seems this shot is very much like the one in Classic Kodachrome Monday #11, where a traveler aboard a train, on a long service layover, snapped a photo of a city that doesn't instantly give away that it was taken from the train station.  The old station met the wrecking ball decades ago, and the site of station now is overtaken by a highway overpass, while the neighborhood evident in this photo has seen significant changes since this image was taken.  Yet, the underpass remains, along with the retaining wall seen in the foreground, to tell of the time when this photo was taken.    



Who: Just a few people to be seen in the distance on this muggy day.
  
How (much): $5.00 on ebay.