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May 19, 2015

Google Maps has changed the way we look at the world.  You can
search almost any address on the planet and find an image of it.
Current photo of 221 and 223 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY
 (the townhouses with the gray and maroon awnings)

This is what the houses looked like in May, 1918.

The blue and white duplex, below, is located
at 43 Union Street, Jersey City, NJ:
In the early 1900's, the building was a single
home owned by the Aiston Norris family.

These photos were taken inside the house in 1912, 
showing an evening with the Norris family:
 Members of the Norris family recently donated
these photos to the National Archives.
Isn't it nice that we get to see a brief glimpse of what
the inside of the house looked like over 100 years ago?

Mr. and Mrs. Aiston Norris
(LOVE that Art Nouveau lamp!)

It's easy to forget that buildings have a personal story, not just a
historic one.  It's sad that the current owners have covered up every
single architecturally interesting aspect of the houses featured today.

While Google Maps changed the way we look at the world,
photography changed the way we look at the past.


  1. awwww such a shame to cover up the interesting parts.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. I deal with Google maps almost every day at work. Customers are thrilled to see their homes and their streets.