Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mystery photo: A backyard and a motel

This somewhat nondescript photo is perhaps most notable for its purplish tint. The date of August 10, 1957, is written on the back in pencil1, and there is a stamp indicating that it is a Kodacolor Print made by Eastman Kodak Company in the "Week Ending Nov. 3, 195_."

What was intended as the subject of the photograph? The backyard? The tree? The motel in the distance, with its sign seemingly specifically left in the frame?

The top part of the sign is almost unreadable. But, in fiddling with the brightness and contrast, it appears that the word above MOTEL consists of five letter and begins with an M. My best guess is that the sign reads "Myles Motel," but I wouldn't take that to Vegas.

1. Unrelated: On August 10, 1957, New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle hit a thunderous home run over the center-field fence at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium that is estimated to have traveled 540 feet.

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