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First Clouds, then Sun: 1963

First Clouds, then Sun: 1963

"Going-to-the-Sun Hwy., Glacier Nat. Park, Montana. June 8, 1963." 35mm Kodachrome transparency. View full size. Today we continue our selection of vacation slides found on eBay and in a thrift store out west (tip of the Shorpy cap to Tom Munoz). Above is the vacationing Great Falls family we met yesterday, in a picture taken the year after this one. Anyone ready for a sandwich?

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Running up that hill (in a car)

This is a super photograph - it looks professional. The car is in the right place in the frame, the splash of red contrasts with the purply-blue backdrop, and he even managed to get the top of the mountain in shot. The only thing that throws it a bit is the people in the car. They're obviously just sitting there waiting for the man of the house to take his snapshot, and it comes across as artificial. They should have been outside the car, gazing at the mountains. I bet they said "no way" because it was freezing cold.

And it's sharp, which must have been tricky in such dull conditions. Judging by Wikipedia's timeline of Kodachrome film this was probably ISO 25, although a 64-speed version had been introduced a year before (perhaps the man was trying some out). Perhaps he had a tripod.

I wonder what his family thought of him, stopping the car and hopping out in the freezing weather to take a picture (of the car, and not of them). They must have thought he was bonkers. Or that he was a typical man, fixated on cars and scenery rather than people. But then again this is a photograph he threw away; perhaps he kept the ones he took of his family.

Little Red Chevrolet

I believe that Chevy is a '62 or '63. We had a '61 Bel Air (tan) for 13 years. My sister and I rode in that old beast until I was a senior in high school (we bought it before I started school). They were great cars!

[This is a 1960 Chevrolet. - Dave]

Steep Shoulder

I traveled this road in the late 1960's. As you say, the most there is is a low stone wall. The dropoff is waaaayy down there! I was astounded how those who worked there and traveled this road constantly tore around like they were driving on flat land. It was here that I came to the conclusion that I really did not like heights.

"Shining" example

This road was seen during the opening credits of "The Shining."

I see Hitchcock

I tell you, these red stationwagon slides look astounding! I think the person who took these was also the cinematographer for North by Northwest.

Awesome shot

Thanks for this pic Dave (and all the other pics too). Immediately reminds me of a hundred different looooonnnng car trips when I was a kid. Funny just how much perspectives (and responsibilities) change when you're sitting in the front instead.

BTW, those were the days when winding, mountainside roads were cool (before the advent of those pesky view-clipping safety rails)...

[Going-to-the-Sun looks pretty much the same today, with a low stone wall instead of guardrails along much of the road. - Dave]

Just west of the East Tunnel

This is a turnout just west of the East Tunnel on Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Mountain looming behind is Going-to-the-Sun Mountain. The photo was taken here (Google Maps).

Global Warming in 1963

It was said, within the past few years, that snow melting in summer months in Glacier Park was proof of global warming. This photo shows snow melting there 44 years ago. At the time, I believe, the alarmists were warning of global freezing.

[The snow always melts in the summer at Glacier (and this snow has been plowed; the road and the car are wet from rain). What people are worried about is the glaciers disappearing, not melting snow. - Dave]


what else can you say, what a spot to stop for a picture!!

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