It has been some time since I posted new Kodachrome images from the growing ACL collection. This is due in part to the process taking a very long time from start to finish. The lull is partly because I haven’t found any slides worth buying recently. This batch centers mostly on a family trip around Colorado (the truck there says Hartsel, Colorado) and through to the Hoover dam (not pictured). It is amazing to me how many similar photos people of this era took. The only thing missing from this set (that has been present in all previous sets) is a image of someone fishing. Regardless, this whole set of slides was worth it just to get the above image. Beautiful Americana right there.
Thirteen more images from the ACL Kodachrome collection. This series helps to further reinforce the importance the automobile had on American culture in the late 1940s and 1950s. So many of these old photos involve cars in one way or another, it is astonishing to me. When thinking about all of the images I have obtained the two main things I have learned about this time in America is: people loved to go fishing (fishing photos make up probably 30% of all of the slides I own) and that there are few things more fun (or important) than a car. Without one how would you and your buddies go fishing?
Another round of Kodachrome photos from the ACL collection. More fishing and lots of posing in this set. Fishing seems to have been a huge pastime, or it just was with people that shot Kodachrome. I should also point out that the husky gent with all of the camera equipment around his neck in the third photo is one of the people that took a lot of these pictures.
Not all photographers are created equal. That, and people in America spent a lot of time fishing. Those are the two things that I learned when I received my second set of sides back from the scanner. Previously, I have posted six sets of Kodachrome photos from everyday people from that represent America in the 1950s and 1960s (from their perspective). Those six sets were shot by two different photographers. These new images (which I have a about 500 photos from; about 75 worth posting) were also shot by two different people. Neither of these two men (from the new batch of slides) were very good at keeping the camera focused, so most of these pictures are slightly burry. Not that it matters much. The colors are still wonderful and the scenes are an amazing view into mid-century American life.