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Canal Crossing: 1957

Canal Crossing: 1957

Anyone who's ever been to New Orleans in the summer knows that it rains about once per hour, followed by hot, sunny, humid weather. On June 15, 1957, I made a short stopover in New Orleans en route to ROTC Summer Camp. Shooting the original Kodachrome I at ASA 10, most of the slides I took in the rain came out overexposed, something practically unheard of in those days of slow speed film. But somehow I lucked out on this particular exposure, catching the pedestrians dashing between the raindrops with the sun peeking out overhead on Canal Street at St. Charles. 35mm Kodachrome by William D. Volkmer. View full size.

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Hot time in the summertime

Having visited NOLA in July I can feel the heat and dripping humidity.


I remember that store when I was a kid...haven't thought about it in years!

Like a Painting

Beautiful colors, reflections, perspective and action. I would love to do a watercolor painting of this.

Otherwise occupied

And later that same afternoon, I was busy with getting born in Brownwood, Texas.

Movin' on Up

I believe that tall white building in the center of the photo is now the Ritz-Carlton, and at the time of the picture was the Kress building.

[The tall white building is the Maison Blanche department store; the Kress building is the shorter building immediately adjacent with the vertical "Kress" sign. They're both now part of the Ritz-Carlton. -tterrace]

Active street

Nice mixture of colors and bustling people plus that wonderful trolley. The sedan on the left is similar to my first car, a 1956 Chevy with white front fenders, instead of the usual blue I've seen in other places.

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