Sepia Scenes showcases sepia steeltown Steubenville Ohio again!
Of course, Grandpa Ralph, my namesake, lived here at 1645 Oregon Avenue from 1926-1981. He sometimes captured on film the essence of the mill town. So this old steel mecca on the Ohio River still jumps at me, especially is sepia. This photo is a washed out view of the early 1950s on my guess Fourth street. The third vehicle on the left is a Packard of the era. Like towns back then, downtown was a hub of activity and street parking was at a premium.
Despite the glare and blur, the sepia gives it an authentic antique style.
Below, it is Grandpa Ralph and Grandma Agnes. Again, the flash tends to washout the shot. Of course, Grandpa had a fine Exa II camera, (built in East Germany in the late 1950s). But he obviously set the SLR for one of the waitstaff to capture the couple, and the old flash bulbs did not diffuse the light well (check the orb on the background mirror). I am guessing early-mid 1960s. The sepia gives yet another layer of class to the earlier era.
I have an affinity for old mill towns these days - Ansonia is one itself. Must have started in these previous times