Shorpy’s 100 year old photoblog

Someday the photos being posted today will look antiquated and some may be studied by historians but we can do the same now thanks to the efforts of Shorpy. All the photos on this blog are from 100 years ago, at the start of the 20th century and offer a glimpse into a very different time. They’re super, I’m hooked and subscribed already!

Two years ago I posted two pictures comparing a street scene in Cork in 1930 against the same one in 2005. I keep meaning to do more of them but as the old images are still copyrighted I need to ask permission first. Cork Past and Present is an excellent collection of images from the past that is a wonderful resource to compare what the city looked like with what it is now. I might try some more old and new photos linking to pages on that site.

Are there any other old photo sites or blogs out there? (via)




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    Pam March 22, 2007

    I have a “coffee table” book about Colorado past and present. The photographer, John Fields took old pics and tried to recreate the angle and such 100 years later. Lots of fun to look at. And I’ve been to a few of those places to do the same.
    I found this site of Irish postcards and old pics.
    If you scroll to the bottom, there are links to other categories.

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    Donncha O Caoimh March 22, 2007

    Thanks Pam for that link. It’s great, I must take a closer look at it later when I have a bit of time!

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    pixelshots August 30, 2009

    hm…am gonna try these to my blog pixelshots.. let me check what happens..and do you think its difficult to drive traffic for a photo blog in blogger??

    cu around.. thanx for tips

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    Ann September 15, 2009

    “Two years ago I posted two pictures comparing a street scene in Cork in 1930 against the same one in 2005”

    I have some old pictures of old Prague taken by my grandfather about 110 years ago. They are very damaged. I am a photo restorator. So if I make a photo restoration, I’ll try to take the pictures of Prague at the same angle and I’ll share these pictures with you. Thank you for such a good idea!

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    danielpressley February 27, 2015

    Readers who like Cork Past and Present may also be interested in they below then-and-now history of Cork in Images. It has a cool magnifier tool which lets you zoom in on the tiny details.

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      Donncha February 27, 2015

      Thanks Daniel, That’s a neat way of examining photos up close!

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