Most of you readers know my penchant for the ocassional posting featuring "then and now" photos. They show a landmark/place usually as it once was and as it is now, preferably with one of my motorcycles somewhere in the "now" picture.
Martha, my loving wife, discovered by accident (through googling) a website that provides a source of "then" pictures, superimposed onto Google's StreetView feature of Google Maps. Very cool.
I'd been lucky to have access to a huge repository of archival photos of yesterday, courtesy of the Denver Public Library. Now perhaps, you can access photos from near you, to see what was there before and what is there now.
Here's a link to the site: LINK
It's name is whatwasthere.com and its superimposing feature of old onto new allows you to adjust the opacity of the "then" shot so you can see where it fits on the Google StreetView photo that is "now". For the most part, the photos are aligned pretty well.
Near the Brown Palace Hotel in Downtown Denver
The Trinity Methodist Church near where I work in
Not a bad little tool for the quick creation of "then and now" shots I believe. It also gives me the idea of figuring out how to do the same in photoshop, with future "then and now" shots of mine, so they'll include a shot of my motorcycle choice of the day as well.
Hope you like this site, and that it inspires some "then and now" postings of your own. The site is North-American-centric for now, but perhaps as folks upload their own shots and the coverage of Google Maps Streetview spreads further.....