Monday, July 23, 2007

Rephotographing the postcard Madison of long-ago 1915 in the here-and-now summer of 2007

Over the weekend I began rephotographing some of the locations featured in the collection of old postcards (above right) that vfm4's grandfather mailed back to family in Holland from his visit to the U.S. in 1915, which she has posted as a set on Flickr. I'll be continuing to take photos of some of the other locations and blog about them when I find the time. But the photography will probably run ahead of the writing, so probably the best way to keep up-to-date on the series is to check now and then on my Flickr set, "Madison in 1915, Rephotographed in 2007." Click here to go there. You can also get all the related blog posts directly by clicking on the tag, "Madison 1915," below.

3 comments:

vfm4 said...

the trees have grown a lot, but apart from that.. amazing (for someone who has never seen the real thing) how red the red is... i thought they'd overdone on the postcards.... thanks, MD, i love this! :-)

Dr Diablo said...

MadGuy, you and your Dutch collaborator are to be congratulated on a strange sort of scoop. Your coup consists not in being the first to discover something in the present but in being the first to rediscover something important in the past.

Each of these sites is very familiar to me from my years as a grad student in Madison. I had no idea that they were so little changed--ie, that the past was so very near. I plan to revisit some of these landmarks with the old prints in hand. They are very affecting.

Madison Guy said...

Thanks, Dr. Diablo. We try -- but just think of what Proust could have done with a blog...