This Kodachrome box, with processing date Sep 13, 1946 has a variety of subjects, making me believe there are a few misplaced slides here.
Some of these fit with collections we’ve seen before, so here we go !
Two slides with goats.
We’ll have to keep an eye out for future farm animal life, either on a farm, or San Joaquin Fair. The Kodachrome cardboard frames date the slides to the 1941-1949 era.
Joel photographed a number of Florida birds when he visited the Lakeland area in 1943. I’ve not shown these yet, because of lack of critical mass, but we may find more tucked away in boxes in the future.
We’ve see this boat pop up in another box with mostly Florida images from 1943, so the jury is out if this is really a Florida boat or was this image taken closer to home on one of Joel’s walks through the Stockton Harbor ?
The rest of the slides in this box appear to be 4th of July or a San Joaquin Fair related.
Some pictures of rides, mostly abstract details.
There’s insufficient information in any of the above images to pin down year and location precisely.
This is all the case with the last image shown from this box, but this does open some debate.
The oldest reference we could find to “GayWay” was in an image of a sign at the Golden Gate International Exhibition in 1939-1940 at Treasure Island. Although the character style and font is similar, I’ve not found images of the exact same sign.
OTOH, it’s sure that Joel visited and photographed in San Francisco on many occasions in his youth, so it could be on Treasure Island post 1939.
One image of the San Francisco Photographic Collection from the San Francisco Public Library below for reference. The image equally makes it clear that this was an adult entertainment area. The Gayway was actually a mile long circular boulevard with many attractions.
The second reference we were able to find, was Seattle’s World Fair in 1962, in Washington State equally related to adult entertainment.
In our case, the Kodachrome slide is clearly from the 1941-1949 timeframe, so most likely, this relates to a sign that was installed on Treasure Island for the 1939-1940 International exhibition.