A friend sent me this. Pretty cool...
Pics from the Past of WWII - It is amazing the difference - and sometimes the lack of it- in 70 years!.
Double-left click on the link below, or paste it into your browser, then
HOLD down the left mouse button AND DRAG YOUR MOUSE ARROW GENTLY FROM LEFT TO RIGHT ON THE ORIGINAL 1944 PHOTOS AND IT WILL BECOME THE EXACT SAME LOCATION TODAY .... DRAG IT BACK OVER AND YOU ARE IN 1944 AGAIN . scroll down to each new picture.
Pretty cool all right! Thanks for posting it.
Sort of related: Yesterday I watched the 1934 movie, "Here Comes The Navy", starring James Cagney and Pat O'Brien. Initially, both were stationed on the USS Arizona. Little did they know the historic significance that ship would later obtain.
Then, Cagney was transferred to the "Lighter than Air" program. There were many really neat shots of the Macon and it's hanger in Sunnyvale, CA. It just so happens that the day before I was in Sunnyvale and saw that hanger and observed that the outer metal skin has been removed. The effect between the movie and my 80 years later observation was very much the same as the photos in the link you posted.
I wonder if it's being restored or dismantled?
Dick, That is great. Thanks for posting.
Some one did some great work on these pictures, thanks for posting.
Thanks for posting the link. I sent it to my 91 year old uncle, a vet stationed in France during the war.
You're right ! A lot of the buildings look the same. Thanks for letting us in on that neat contrast
Ok that was spooky watching time fade from the past to the present! Looking at people in the past that are gone now, the destruction of war somewhat healed and the fading blurred memory's passing to the present.
Thanks for posting.
very interesting, thanks
Dick, I tried sending that link to my sister but it comes up saying page not found. Double checked address. Tomorrow, I'll call her in Colorado and walk her through getting to this post of yours so she can check on your link. I wish I knew how to transfer your link to my email.
Terry, just sent you a PM....
Very cool link. Looking at the pictures reminded me a similar thing I did with Photoshop years ago.
I started with this aerial picture of an air raid by the 8th Air Force on a Focke Wulf plant at Marienburg, West Prussia (present day Poland).
Then found the location via Google Earth and captured the satellite view. Transposed the original over the satellite picture and with some stretching of the original to account for the angle of the first picture:
along that same subject of fading before and after pictures, here is one of Detroit. Then and now. It'll really make you sad.
Very interesting and well done. A shot that would also be interesting (And sobering) is a before and after of the cemetery at Normandy.
Several year ago Candy and I spent several weeks in Italy. We don't speak Italian and unknown to me she arrainged to rent a car and I was to drive around the county seeing the sights, on back roads through small towns and villages. Aside from being really irritated and fearful of the drive I settled in.
Back roads all through central and western Italy. What we found were very moving tributes to those men of the "greatest generation". Many small out of the way manicured cemeteries filled with young American hero's. These men actually boys gave their young lives for others to live in freedom.
We silently walked through the rows of white cross head stones reading names ages and the dates of their lives. We wondered what those brave young men might have accomplished had their lives not been cut oh so short.
Most cemeteries had plaques describing the particular battles and the dates. I'm not sure who is responsible for the care and maintenance, but each and every one we found was in complete perfection.
We have visited WW-II cemeteries in Italy, France, Belgium, England and The Netherlands and each and every one is a true reminder of history and the price paid to keep us free.