Old postcards from the early 20th century, compared to the same view shown on Google Street View today. The postcards come from my own collection. Almost all of them are from England, mainly showing West London, Middlesex, Surrey, Berks and Bucks. Click on the postcards to see enlarged versions. Street View images are the copyright of Google. Comments, questions or requests are welcome. If you repost my images on other websites (such as Facebook) please include a link to my original post.
Clark's College, Ealing c1910. I think the machine on the right is some sort of road-laying equipment. The alley at the left of the picture is called Barnes Pickle. If you look at the modern Streetview image of the college building here you can see there is no alley. If you move a few yards to the right here you can see the alley has moved to a new location. The college is now a preparatory school.
I'm not sure what all the flags in this postcard are out for, but it may be have been Empire Day. Ths postcard was sent in October 1910. Click here for modern Streetview of this scene. Postcard published by Young & Co of Teddington.
Postcard by Young & Co. The theatre was originally called the Royal Duchess Theatre. Damaged by a bomb in the war, it was finally demolished in the 1960s. It was replaced by a block of flats. Read about the theatre here. For modern Streetview, click here.
Although they look very different, the Streetview image shows the same location as the postcard. The pub at the end of the terrace is the only thing that has remained. The railway bridge on the right of the postcard has long gone. There is an excellent website about Brentford here.
Click here for Streetview of London Road Brentford today.
Where Heath Road meets Twickenham Green, the road dips under the railway bridge. Just before the bridge was the Red Lion pub. There has been a pub there for a couple of hundred years. If you click the modern Streetview image you'll see it's final incarnation as a pub. Alas, in mid 2010 it has ceased to be a pub. It is now (October 2010) a Tesco convenience store.
Here's a view from 1911, nearer the bridge, showing the celebrations for George V's coronation - The Infants' Tramride:
Here's a view from a postcard of about 1906, showing the shops on the left side of the road. The shops have been replaced by an ugly office block. The shop on the right past the post office is Deaytons, a well known local chain of shops. They sold out to Williamsons in about 1913.
This photographic postcard was taken by a photographer and postcard publisher whom postcard collectors call 'The Oasthouse Publisher' because of the small oasthouse logo on the back of his cards. I'm fairly sure that he was Charles Mitchell, the step-brother of W. H. Applebee. Click here for modern Streetview of this location.
Sandhurst is a village in Berkshire, near the borders of Hampshire and Surrey. It is famous for the military college. This picture shows the premises of Arthur Biggadyke, draper and clothier. The woman in the picture is probably his wife Martha. Postcard by W. H. Applebee.
Another lovely postcard by W. H. Applebee of Ashford. It is interesting to see that in the old postcard there is a very old half-timbered house. In the modern Streetview you can see a mock-tudor half-timbered row of shops. Farncombe is near Godalming.
Camberley, Surrey, High Street circa 1912. It is pleasing to see that the building that housed the cinema - 'Camberley Electric Theatre' has survived, but unfortunately the buildings next to it have not. Postcard by Young & Co of Teddington. Click the postcard to enlarge.
This lovely postcard was produced by Alfred Kaye of Sunbury in about 1906. The apparatus on the far left appears to be a device to assist in the maintenance of the overhead electric cables for the trams. I've had to do some restoration on this image to correct fading.
Bracknell seems to have changed almost beyond recognition in the last hundred years. Only the distant church spire has remained in this view. I also have quite a few postcards of Bracknell High Street, but the High Street has changed so much I have absolutely no idea how to match them up wth the Streetview location, so I'm unable to post them here.
The sign on the building in the centre of the picture says 'West Drayton Wallpaper Factory'. The building on the far left is still there.Postcard by W. H. Smiths in their 'Kingsway' series. Click the postcard to enlarge.
Knaphill is a small town to the west of Woking. Notice in the window someone is sitting on the ledge to clean the window. By an extraordinary coincidence someone is doing exactly the same thing in the modern Streetview image. Edit January 2013 - Google have updated their Street View image for this scene so I've included a screenshot below to show the previous scene showing someone cleaning the window. Click the postcard (and Google Street View) to enlarge.