For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by aerial photos and historical black and white photos.
I’ve always ascribed the aerial photo thing to a fascination with the proverbial “birds-eye view”, a desire that I’ve been able to satisfy through my love of skydiving. Although I have to say, as the guy who always fought for the window seat to get that view, now, many hundreds of flights and skydives later, I now find that view to be a little more routine.
The historical photos-thing I just chalk up to being a history nerd.
One particular type of historical photos I really like is what I call the Before/After photos, where the back then view and present-day views can be compared side-by-side to see how things have either changed or stayed the same.
One of my favourites is this site that shows the present day locations used by Chaplin, Keaton and others when they were making their classics.
Recently, I stumbled upon a great collection of scenes from Winnipeg’s past, most of which I’d never seen before.
Looking south past The Bay, down Memorial Blvd. to the Legislative Buildings, c. 1935 (Photo: City of Winnipeg)
Downtown Winnipeg and the surrounding area as they looked in 1947. (Photo: City of Winnipeg)
Enjoy the full gallery HERE.