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).
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).