Mid-Century OKC and Thereabouts, Part 2

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Mod Blog |

Last week, we got a rare glimpse of mid-century life in Oklahoma thanks to Mike Brown’s great collection of 50’s and 60’s negatives.  This week, the adventure continues with more of his great finds, so put your favorite version of “Holiday for Strings” on the hi-fi to get you in the appropriate, peppy 50’s mood, and let’s take a little trip back in time downtown and all around OKC….

Take a look at the brand-spanking-new St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, designed by Truett Coston (of Coston, Frankfurt & Short) and completed in 1956.  How great is the shot of the nearly-completed sanctuary?

These images of the ever-friendly Townley milkman delivering goods in a suburban neighborhood somewhere in the city are perhaps my favorite in Mike’s collection.  I also like the shot of the worker at the Townley plant:

The negative is pretty dirty, but this is still a great capture of the YMCA building (designed by Sorey-Hill-Sorey and built in 1948).  This was such an elegant building, wasn’t it?

Okay, it’s not mid-century, but this is such a great shot of the former Home State Life Building (now the Journal Record Building) that I had to include it:

And, finally, here’s today’s parting shot of an oil well and gorgeous 50’s car somewhere in the Metro.

Next week, we’ll conclude our trip through mid-century OKC with some great people shots, some really bad food photos, and a few images of a pretty creepy Easter bunny.  Stay tuned….