University and Main, mid-1930s

Wow! Look at this:

It’s relatively small and not all that sharp, a picture of a postcard, but I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. It had to have been taken sometime between 1931, when the two wings were added to the field house, and 1938, when this stadium was replaced by what I call the New Old Stadium.

The only other good look at this I’ve ever found was in the scrapbook of Mary Jane Hale Rommel ’37. It’s an aerial taken from the opposite direction and it makes me think the date on the first image is closer to 1931 than 1938 just based on the size of the trees. I’m hoping that someone (hello, Marty Merritt) will be able to identify the cars to help narrow it down a bit.

Also, who remembers the discussions about gas stations in this vicinity? The Gulf station must have been off to the right of the person who took the picture of the intersection.

Bonus: Several more cypresses have been taken down this week, including all the leaners. Against my better judgement I find myself hoping someone will see this as an opportunity.


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9 Responses to University and Main, mid-1930s

  1. Ken Grimsby says:

    In this photo, dated “10-20-31,” the Sinclair station does not seem to be present:

  2. Based on the cars parked on University, my guess it’s game day.

  3. grungy1973 says:

    I’m curious what kind of film was used.
    This is sunlight, and the men crossing the street are blurry with motion.
    What’s the likely ISO?
    It might be a bit cloudy, but there are relatively hard shadows
    Was it stopped way down to increase the depth of field, and that created the need for a long exposure?

  4. marmer01 says:

    The car in the foreground tells me all I need to know. 1931-33 Auburn 8-98 convertible Phaeton sedan. That is a very expensive and exclusive car. The others are late-20’s and early-30s. Cars changed dramatically in design in 1934-35.

  5. marmer01 says:

    Peter Pan pony ride is mentioned in news articles c. 1929; the Sinclair is there to be robbed in 1934.

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