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Kodachrome Snow Day in Xenia, Ohio c.1950

Dec 20th, 2010 | Categories: Kodachrome, Ohio, Photography | by Michael Williams

Photos from the archive of Electrospark.

Comments: 21

21 Comments to “Kodachrome Snow Day in Xenia, Ohio c.1950”

  1. Elias
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 12:31 PM

    Those cars!

  2. mike
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 12:36 PM

    a much different portrayal than in gummo

  3. Billy
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 12:52 PM

    I know life was far from perfect back then, but boy, it sure looked it!

  4. Christina
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 2:30 PM

    The store signs, cars, and rolled up jeans and hats are the best!

  5. JonIndia™
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 2:50 PM

    i miss the new york blizzards of “back in the days”, the snow castles, the block vs block snow wars, the knee deep snow, etc, etc.

  6. Cedric B
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 2:53 PM

    Great film. Great colors, where did you found those beauty!

  7. bmackintosh
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 3:11 PM

    Great photos! Xenia is only 15 minutes from here, so It was great seeing these.

  8. Robert L. Wilson
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 3:12 PM

    Classic Pics. Love the cars on the transporter.

  9. pat
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 6:45 PM

    great set, i’m from ohio and my dad’s block looks exactly like the first shot.

  10. Rich
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 8:20 PM

    So tragic there are not more than three of these.

  11. alex
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 9:43 PM

    Schitt’s Shoes, REALLY!?

  12. Michael Williams
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 9:50 PM

    Schiff’s Shoes.

  13. grant
    on Dec 20th, 2010
    @ 11:15 PM

    The colors Kodachrome was able to record continue to amaze me. Thanks for scanning and posting.

  14. Nate
    on Dec 21st, 2010
    @ 8:40 AM

    You obviously still love Ohio. You should come back! We will gladly accept you back into the fold. Set up an ACL outpost in Cincinnati!

  15. Andy
    on Dec 21st, 2010
    @ 3:39 PM

    It’s amazing how a town in Ohio can be architecturally exotic, all-American, thriving, and aspirational without descending into blandness, conformity, and mind-numbing boringness. I wonder if there are places like this in America today?

    What treasures and what towns we lost when we won the war 65 years ago.

  16. Andy
    on Dec 21st, 2010
    @ 3:44 PM

    In regards to the last photo.

    Here is a link to how the scene looks today. The Dutch style building on the right has been demolished, while the one on the left was decapitated:


  17. Davis
    on Dec 21st, 2010
    @ 8:49 PM

    I live right down the road in Kettering for school. Neat to see Xenia in the old days.

  18. Justin
    on Dec 22nd, 2010
    @ 12:17 AM

    Great photos of some too familiar scenes. Cool to see some love for Ohio. Makes me feel good to live here. We sure would welcome an ACL outpost here in Ohio.

  19. Jason
    on Dec 22nd, 2010
    @ 11:12 AM

    @mike: Gummo was based on Xenia but was not actually filmed there.

    Having attended college very close to Xenia, we often went there for groceries and the like, and while it certainly has its share of problems, it is nothing like the portrayal in Gummo. The thing to remember is that it’s in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by farmland, with no real industry of which to speak. It’s been hit by multiple tornadoes, the worst of which almost wiped the town off the map. And while the economy is rough now, it’s never been a town of much affluence. I love these pictures because they portray a simpler time in Xenia’s life and I for one pray it will one day look like this again.

  20. Cindy R Anderson
    on Dec 23rd, 2010
    @ 2:37 AM

    Wonderful pictures! As current Xenians, we miss much of that beautiful architecture that was destroyed in the 1974 tornado. Thanks for posting!

  21. Mark Nave
    on Dec 24th, 2010
    @ 2:48 AM

    Hi Michael: These color-rich pictures bring back memories of my early SW Ohio days. A favorite teacher commuted daily from Xenia on her motorcycle to my high school in Springfield. Good communities and great people!