The idea to create Then and Now Photos emerged when I heard that New York Public Library added many old photo scans to the public domain. Here is a quote from their site:
SPOTLIGHT ON THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
On January 6, 2016, The New York Public Library enhanced access to all public domain items in Digital Collections so that everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways.
Probably most photos there are from the US, but I decided to check if there are any from Israel. And since people from Europe and US visited this region and took photos, I was able to find them in the New York Library’s Public Domain. So let’s start:
Then and Now Photos – Jerusalem
This still image of the Dome of the Rock was made in 1864 by Ermete Pierotti:
Ermete Pierotti was an Italian engineer and archaeologist. He probably made this photograph during his job as Jerusalem city engineer.
After merging the two, we get the combined then and now:
Another photograph of Jerusalem:
And this is my photograph from The Ramparts Walk post:
Then and Now combined photo:
When looking at this photo, you understand that not so long ago there was nothing around the old city of Jerusalem:
And today there is no free space around old city walls:
The combined photo:
I was also able to find some photographs of other cities in Israel:
Then and Now Photos – Jaffa
Then and Now Photos – Acre
The White Market and Jezzar Pasha Mosque in Acre:
This photograph was probably made from old Acre walls. But, today you can’t get the same view. Trees grew and buildings were constructed. So, today the best you can get from old city walls is this:
Thus, I decided to merge modern Jezzar Pasha Mosque into an old photo:
BTW, if you want to read about Acre check out: A day in Old Acre
Then and Now Photos – Haifa
Sir Charles William Wilson (1836 – 1905) was a British military officer and geographer. And he’s probably most known (at least to me) for Wilson’s Arch (during 1864 when he worked at the Ordnance Survey of Jerusalem and he identified the eponymous Wilson’s Arch).
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