Here's a neat slide from what I assume was somebody's vacation to Nashville, Tennessee sometime in the 1970s. All I really have to go by for that date guess are the partial car views we get. Most prominent in this slide is the tour bus for country music legend Ernest Tubb. We also see signs for other tourist traps like Loretta Lynn's Western Store, Tubb's record shop, and Eddie & Joe's Putter Place. If anyone can provide a date for this slide, let me know in the comments.
This slide is purportedly an image of the Pentagon parking lot, but is not dated. The seller indicated that other slides in the same batch were dated 1949, which seems plausible given the design of the cars I can see. As always, if any car experts can chime in with some makes and models that would be a huge help.
This fantastic set of slides is reportedly from Homecoming Weekend festivities for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As you would expect the marquee event of the celebration was a college football game. In this case it's the Redskins against in-state rival Ohio Bobcats, locally known as the Battle of the Bricks. The date on these slides is marked as 1954, but since the rivalry game that year was played in Athens I'm guessing this is actually 1953. That would put the date for this game as October 24, and is a game that ended in a 7-7 tie. There are no actual photos of the game here, but plenty from what look like pregame and perhaps halftime festivities. Also included are shots of a parade probably held on the campus and a few shots of the campus itself. Miami alumni are prominently
Some of the best old Kodachrome slides you can come across are of parking lots. They give you the chance to see a nice cross-section of cars, sure, but they also offer a hint as to the economic condition of the area. A bunch of rusted old junkers paints a very different picture than a lot full of shiny, newer models. This is a great selection of pre and post-war models, including at least two Woodie station wagons. And as an even bigger bonus, you can see a Sears storefront, from a time when they reigned as one of the great retail operations in America. Good times, my friends, good times. If anyone can identify any of the cars in this picture, please leave a comment.
Normally I wouldn't post such a blurry image -- and believe me I cleaned this up in Photoshop quite a bit -- but sometimes it's all about the image. In this case we have an excellent glimpse at American aviation at the mid-century point. It's a Kodachrome slide of a group of Eastern Air Lines planes on the tarmac at Washington National Airport, circa 1960. Click for a full-size version. Not being an aviation expert I couldn't tell you with 100 percent certainty what kind of plane is seen here. But based on the rather elongated, sweeping tail fin and pronounced nose cone, as well as on the types of planes likely to be in service at this time, I'm going to say we're looking at a Convair 340 (possibly a 440). If any aviation buffs care to correct me, feel free to do so!
Children in front a cherry red Chevy Bel-Air after an Easter egg hunt in Naperville, Illinois, 1961.