Kodachrome Snow Day in Xenia, Ohio c.1950

Comments on “Kodachrome Snow Day in Xenia, Ohio c.1950

    Elias on December 20, 2010 12:31 PM:

    Those cars!

    mike on December 20, 2010 12:36 PM:

    a much different portrayal than in gummo

    Billy on December 20, 2010 12:52 PM:

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

    Christina on December 20, 2010 2:30 PM:

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

    JonIndiaâ„¢ on December 20, 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.

    Cedric B on December 20, 2010 2:53 PM:

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

    bmackintosh on December 20, 2010 3:11 PM:

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

    Robert L. Wilson on December 20, 2010 3:12 PM:

    Classic Pics. Love the cars on the transporter.

    pat on December 20, 2010 6:45 PM:

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

    Rich on December 20, 2010 8:20 PM:

    So tragic there are not more than three of these.

    alex on December 20, 2010 9:43 PM:

    Schitt’s Shoes, REALLY!?

    Michael Williams on December 20, 2010 9:50 PM:

    Schiff’s Shoes.

    grant on December 20, 2010 11:15 PM:

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

    Nate on December 21, 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!

    Andy on December 21, 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.

    Andy on December 21, 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:


    Davis on December 21, 2010 8:49 PM:

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

    Justin on December 22, 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.

    Jason on December 22, 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.

    Cindy R Anderson on December 23, 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!

    Mark Nave on December 24, 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!

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