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Old March 29th, 2013, 02:22 AM   #1
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Pre WW2 Photos of Your City

I've always been fascinated by how vibrant our city streets were all the way back then. In some cases, they look busier/more interesting than today. Any how, here's Toronto's Yonge Street in 1901 and 1903. I'd love to see similar photos from around the world. Please add pics from your neck of the woods.

Yonge Street 1901, Toronto

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Yonge Street 1903, Toronto
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Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. Not sure how vibrant it looks though.
It's interesting how pre WW2 north America looks similar to pre WW2 Europe in many cases. Obviously, skyscrapers and suburbia changed that.

Is this the same Vittorio Emanuele in Milan that now has a roof and is pedestrian only?
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Old March 29th, 2013, 06:32 PM   #6
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Is this the same Vittorio Emanuele in Milan that now has a roof and is pedestrian only?

No, that's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It was already built when that picture was taken.

Here's the street today (it's pedestrian so streetview is sadly not viewable there): https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Milan...Italy&t=m&z=19

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Ok, thanks!
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Guatemala and Quetzaltenango:

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And this one is from around 1940, but... well..

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Bergen, Norge

A few pictures from Bergen, Norway. It's currently the second biggest city in the country. These pictures were taken in the 1890s.












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I am glad you shared such old pics.
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Manila

Manila was considered as the "Most Beautiful City in the Far East" for its architectural beauty. But unfortunately, Manila became a battlefield during the Battle of Manila in 1945, which took the lives of 100,000 civilians.

Aerial view
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Another aerial view


Aerial view of the walled city


View of the river from the walled city
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The University of Santo Tomas. Founded in 1611, it is the oldest university in Asia


The massive Post Office Building and the beaux-arts Jones Bridge


A traffic jam at the entrance of the business district of Binondo, Manila


Rizal Avenue, an entertainment area lined with the finest theatres


Plaza Goiti in Manila. This is one of the two plazas at the end of the business district.


Binondo


The old Session Hall of the Philippine Assembly. It was once the office of the Spanish Governor-General (Ayuntamiento)


Augustinian convent, Walled City
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Not my city as such, but here are three pictures of pre-war New York.







All from Shorpy.com: http://www.shorpy.com/
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Not my city as such, but here are three pictures of pre-war New York.







All from Shorpy.com: http://www.shorpy.com/
It's a shame to see such beautiful old brownstones now demolished
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