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Rob Pollock
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Then and Now

February 14, 2016 · in News · 8 Comments

The last veteran of “The Great War,” Florence Green, passed away in 2012, leaving few people to share the stories of that bloody time or remind us of the world as it was… but we still have the pictures.

In 2014, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, photographer Peter Macdiarmid revisited the locations of World War I-era images and recaptured the places as they appear today.

These old photographs overlaid on their modern day counterparts reveal how much those locations have changed, or how much they’ve stayed the same.

9 additional images. Click to enlarge.

8 responses

  1. Great collection and the presentation is very interesting!

  2. Thanks for posting these very interesting photos. Will use them in class when teaching about WW I to my Grade 8 learners. These photos graphically illustrate the destruction of war.

  3. That's a very interesting and poignant set of pics, Rob. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. There was a similar series in an email I received some time back that enabled the viewer to "slide" the old photo away (or some such method) and see the scene(s) "before and after" as these do. However, they were, I believe, from WWII Europe. Thanks for posting.

    • Yes I'm sure there are various photoshop-type programmes available, but this one was through The Telegraph newspaper (site) here in the UK and I think may have been commissioned

  5. Rob, These are really interesting, thanks for sharing these. I'm curious about the first one with the wrecked airplanes lined up on the wall. I can't help but wonder what that was all about ?

    • Hi Terry, one of the conditions of the German surrender was that they offer up all Fokker DVIIs as these were considered the most dangerous and high tech machines of the time, and the Allies wanted them on view as symbolic of the process. I don't know if these are those machines but I've seen photos of DVIIs lined up along a boulevard but in better condition than these, with members of the (fascinated) general public looking on.

  6. Nice piece of history. Thanks for posting.

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