Mississippi by Air: Jackson 1941

Today’s aerial views of Jackson in 1941 come from the C.W. Witbeck Collection at MDAH, conveniently scanned for us and available online on Flickr. Those of you familiar with Jackson will see immediately that Mr. Witbeck took these from high atop the Tower or Standard Life Building, one of three 1929 skyscrapers that went up in Jackson in 1929. Both of the others are visible in these pictures. Which two buildings are they? I believe you can also see the original Alamo Theater on Amite Street (3rd photo down, which is facing north toward the Farish Street neighborhood).

Jackson, 1941.  Collection: Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection Call number: PI/COL/1982.0016 System ID: 102333.

Jackson, 1941.
Collection: Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection
Call number: PI/COL/1982.0016
System ID: 102333.

Jackson, Miss. 1941.  Collection: Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection Call number: PI/COL/1982.0016 System ID: 102338.

Jackson, Miss. 1941.
Collection: Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection
Call number: PI/COL/1982.0016
System ID: 102338.

Jackson, Miss. 1941.  Collection: Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection Call number: PI/COL/1982.0016 System ID: 102339.

Jackson, Miss. 1941.
Collection: Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection
Call number: PI/COL/1982.0016
System ID: 102339.

Jackson, 1941.  Collection: Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection Call number: PI/COL/1982.0016 System ID: 102336.

Jackson, 1941.
Collection: Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection
Call number: PI/COL/1982.0016
System ID: 102336.

According to MDAH’s Flickr description for the Witbeck collection:

The Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection depicts people and places in towns and cities throughout Mississippi dating from 1911 through 1955. The 333 black-and-white photographs focus on Brookhaven, Gulfport, Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi. The collection also contains views of Monticello, Meadville and Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The earliest print, from 1911, is of McGrath’s Baseball Team in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

The full collection, available at our Digital Archives, includes 18 photographs of Governor Hugh White’s inauguration (January 22, 1952), 62 photographs of the United States Naval Training School in Gulfport (July 17, 1950), 35 photographs of Senator Pat Harrison’s funeral (June 25, 1941), 19 photographs of the Mississippi Highway Patrol General Assembly (August 3, 1950), 18 photographs of the Masonic Building fire in Brookhaven (March 25-26, 1951), 13 photographs of a Wesson Lions Club event (March 26, 1951), 11 photographs of the Whitworth College Coronation Pageant (May 29, 1950), and 5 photographs of African-American Little Leaguers in Brookhaven (June 15, 1955).



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  1. Love these old photos of Jackson. The first shows an interesting top view of the Paramount theater. Across from it can be seen the marquee of the Majestic.The second picture looking south clearly shows the Pascagoula location of the open air arena where wrestling matches were held before moving to the City Auditorium. In the third the sprawling Buckeye Cotton Oil Plant can be seen. A couple of the metal buildings are still there. All the massive red brick structures are long since gone. On still days you could smell the not unpleasant odor from a mile away.

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  2. What interesting photos and how fortunate we are to have these views to study now! I love the Orange Crush sign in the first one – what memories of Orange and Grape Crush I have! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. C.W. Witbeck was also a famous railroad photographer, noted for his photos in South Mississippi and Louisiana.

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