Need “Season Compares”?

February 11, 2009 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Just go to the Library of Congress Photostream on Flickr… and read the comment feed!

On this blog, I tend to share shots of the same overlook or hike for comparison. Sometimes the shots differ by a season, sometimes they differ by a few years.

The Library of Congress has been doing a great job of uploading old photographs into their Photostream for public use. I perused a number of the shots yesterday and discovered that the Flickr community have been documenting their own comparisons! The Library of Congress would post an old photograph and someone would comment with a link to a contemporary shot of the same place.

The LOC comparisons aren’t separated by mere seasons. They are separated by a century:

Bøyabreen Glacier – circa 1890 (Photo from Library of Congress)

Bøyabreen Glacier – 2006 (Photo by I’m Flickring)

Florence Griswold House 1910 (Cropped)
Florence Griswold House – 1910 (Photo from Library of Congress)

Florence Griswold House – 2008 (Photo by rbglasson)

Stortingsbygningen –
1890 (Photo from Library of Congress)

Stortingsbygningen – 2009 (Photo by hevold)

These three comparisons show us ice replaced by dirt, a large evergreen replaced by a baby one and a park replaced by pavement.

For more comparisons, maybe comparisons of your own, visit the Library of Congress Flickr site.

Entry filed under: Library of Congress, Season Compare.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ideonexus  |  February 11, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    That Stortingsbygningen 1890 photo looks quite surreal. I love these long term season-compares, especially of photos taken at the same time of year, so we can see how dramatically climate has changed over just a century.

  • 2. Need [More] “Season Compares”? « TGAW  |  April 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    […] 2, 2009 Periodically on this blog, I post hiking Season Compares. In February, I highlighted the community-based, sometimes centuries old, comparisons occurring in the Library of Congress’ PhotoStream. And now, I’ve found another supplier […]


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