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.
Sunningdale, Berkshire, The Station circa 1911. Sunningdale Station has changed considerably since the top postcard was photographed by Young & Co in about 1911. Underneath the Google Street View is a postcard published by W. H. Applebee (from an earlier Young & Co negative) that shows the exterior of the station at around the same time. It is difficult to pinpoint this on the Google Street View. Have a go yourself, using the other postcard and its corresponding Google Street View as reference points!
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Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, The Swan Hotel circa 1910. The Swan Hotel, reputedly visited by Pepys in 1661 and rebuilt after a fire in 1785, was demolished in 1973 and replaced by modern retail units. Click the postcard to enlarge.
Stechford, Birmingham, Albert Road circa 1911. Stechford is a suburb of Birmingham, a few miles east of the city centre. In the centre of this old picture we can see the post office, run by Elizabeth Maria Northwood. Elizabeth Maria Northwood was a 55 year old spinster in the 1911 census. In the modern Steet View the building that housed her post office has completely disappeared. Photograph by an uncredited publisher. Click the picture to enlarge.
Hale, Cumbria, The Kings Arms Hotel, circa 1915. Hale is a village near Milnthorpe, previously in Westmoreland, now in Cumbria. The Kings Arms is an 1810 coaching inn and is still in business. The postcard was posted in March 1915 to a Miss G Hughes of Oaklands Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin. The message reads
'Milnthorpe 30/3/15. I had a cup of tea in this house today and it is a glimpse of the long road north. I hope to be settled soon. I was in Morecambe last night. With every kind wish to you, I have to get letter sent back from Carlisle. With Love, Jack'.
Postcard published by J.S.K. Click the postcard to enlarge.