The past, all mashed up

There are great Google Map mash-ups and there are some that leave you wondering why they even bothered… Sometimes people can get carried away with the information they decide to visualize in “the cloud”. I’ve always been fascinated by photography of time gone by, the voyeuristic effect taking on a whole new dimension when you’re peering back through time. Recently I’ve stumbled onto a mash-up that brings my love of maps and old photos together: What was there?

Creating a window into our past (at least the locations that they have available), this site does it in a very clever way. Though my neighboring areas aren’t listed yet, there are some great landmarks that you can visit and get a feel for what they were like at the turn of the century. This isn’t so much of a time waster as it is an experience.

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