Saturday, January 12, 2013
I always have fun trying to match up a vintage photo with a contemporary view of the same location... let's look at two of those today.
Up in British Columbia (the westernmost of Canada's provinces), you will find the town of Squamish. The name was supposedly chosen by Queen Victoria! It has its origins in the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in the early 20th century. That mountain in the background is Mount Garibaldi - a "stratovolcano" that is still potentially active. Yikes! Anyway, I love the look of this shot, with the Hotel Squamish and the old cars.
I grabbed this view from Google Maps' "street view", and it looks pretty close to the same spot, though it is hard to be sure. There are several streets that run parallel in a north/south direction - in this case we are looking up toward the end of "3 Avenue".
Salt Lake City, circa July 1959, looking up South State Street (but looking north!) toward the State Capitol. It has a prosperous appearance, retaining a bit of the rugged western flavor (spicy bbq!) from the city's history. Like so many vintage photos, the cars help to make this picture more fun.
A "today" view.... not so fun. In fact this could be any of 100 other cities, if you couldn't see the capitol building at the end of the street. I wonder who had the bright idea to put that decorative arch in a place that impedes the view?