Thursday, September 20, 2012

Industrial Gothic

I got a package in the mail today from artist and author Tom Pohrt that included a collection of Kodachrome Stereo Transparencies labeled "Spring '60 Flood." I scanned a few to get a better look and discovered these eerie, hauntingly beautiful images of Flint when water ruled the Vehicle City.


  1. Ah Chevy In The Hole! That top photo is what I saw every Sunday on my way to St. John Vianney church.

    Thanks for these. Amazing find!

  2. I traversed that street dozens of times delivering plant mail, Shawn. My immediate impression was that this was Hasselbring St. next to Plant 2A. Is that where you mean?

    How come you didn't go to Holy Redeemer, BTW?

  3. The top photo reminds me of the scene I'd see staring out the window waiting for the train to cross on our way down Chevrolet toward 3rd Ave. I used to marvel at how it was totally devoid of nature in any way. All cement/factory. Man controlling nature. Quite profound for a little tyke, I think!

    We went to both churches. My parents went to St. John Vianney as children and got married there, too. It's a special place for them.

    Eventually I got a job with GM but not until the early 90's when they called Chevy In The Hole "AC East" as far as I can recall. I wish they had converted one of the old factories to lofts or condos like they do in NYC all the time.

    Such a damn, damn, shame.


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