Third Time is a Charm! New Book in the Making

Union Bank. Union Bank  on Mt. Meigs Road was designed by Sherlock, Smith, and Adams in the late 1950s. Photo courtesy of SSA

Union Bank. Union Bank on Mt. Meigs Road was designed by Sherlock, Smith, and Adams in the late 1950s. Photo courtesy of SSA

Well, the Dynamic Duo is at it again! We (Carole King and Karren Pell) are doing another photographic history book. Montgomery’s Historic Neighborhoods, published in 2010, and Montgomery—Then and Now, published in 2011, were such huge success that Arcadia Publications came back to us when they began a new historic photograph series. The newest endeavor will be Images of Modern America—Montgomery and we’re on the hunt for a newer kind of old photographs. Since this is a new series we were somewhat able to establish our own guidelines. We decided we would collect photos from the beginning of World War II forward beginning with circa 1941. Why, you ask, that time frame? These are our reasons:

  1. Montgomery was a hub of military activity during that war
  2. Cameras became affordable and lots of people were taking candid shots of everyday life
  3. Photos could be found that were still in reasonable good condition for reproduction
  4. People were still available who could identify the people, places and events that would be in the photograph
  5. After the war Montgomery exploded in development and expansion
  6. Karren is impressed with photographs of guys in military uniforms!

We’ve begun the quest with our usual sources—archival photos from Landmarks Foundation, Department of Archives and History, Montgomery County Historical Society and other existing historic publications. But because we are looking for more recent material, we know a lot of Midtown readers will potentially be the great resources for us. Photographs need to be in good condition, preferably color, and able to be documented. We will ask you to sign a photo release form allowing us to publish the photo both as a printed book and in electronic form for archival purposes. You will receive full credit for ownership of the photo…a great way to imprint on history!

Campbell Shoes, South side of Dexter Avenue as those monster concrete canopies were installed during the urban renewal movement. Circa 1967, new Ford Mustang in the foreground.

Campbell Shoes, South side of Dexter Avenue as those monster concrete canopies were installed during the urban renewal movement. Circa 1967, new Ford Mustang in the foreground.

These are the kinds of photographs we are looking for:

  • Events — parades, inaugurations, May Days, etc.
  • Rites-of-passage — graduations, weddings, funerals, etc.
  • Holidays — Easter egg hunts, Christmas decorations, etc.
  • Mishaps — Floods, storms, fires, etc.
  • V.I.P.s — presidents, governors, movie stars, etc.
  • Buildings — shopping malls, schools, new construction

And we’re definitely up for viewing anything you might have that shows what was happening in Montgomery from 1941 until around the turn of this century. We will be hosting several upcoming (TBA) “scanning” sessions or call us at 264.6826 or 240.4512.

We will also be signing copies of Montgomery—Then and Now at Costco on Saturday, May 31 from 11:30 until 1:30. These photographic histories of Montgomery make great gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation, especially for Montgomery’s expatriates!

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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