Mobile Skyline, 1935

An unknown man peers across the Bay at the Mobile skyline, a view instantly recognizable 82 years later. 


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In this photograph of the Mobile skyline, taken around 1935, an unidentified man looks across the Mobile River from Pinto Island. The green roof of the Merchants National Bank Building (now the Regions Bank Building) is instantly recognizable. Built six years before this picture was taken, the bank building would remain the tallest in Mobile until the construction of the First National Bank Building in 1965. Also visible is a sign for the historic Battle House Hotel. Stanley Blake McNeely, a freelance photographer who hailed from Natchez, Mississippi, captured this scene of tranquility on the Mobile River. In just a few short years, the shipbuilding boom of World War II would forever alter this languid view.

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Original photo from the Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, USA Archives • colorization by Dynamichrome Limited

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