09 October 2015

Visualizing cities as they looked in the 1800s

Click on link below to access depicted video -- this is an image of the discussed web site

As a very visual person, I love maps.

As someone who loves maps, I really love projects where someone recreates a visualizing of what they think a particular place looked like at a certain point in time.

I am currently aware of these projects ...

+ Visualizing Early Washington D.C. circa 1814 (2012 though I just learned about!)

The above projects focused on recreating the topography of these cities.  Though the Ghosts of DC project (where the second link takes you) also has a lot of images and maps for DC and area.

In searching for more projects like the above, I actually came across something called Visualizing 19th-Century New York (catch the video at the bottom for a quick context) which isn’t quite the same since it focuses more on a visual perspective of life in a particular area of NYC.

These visualization projects make me feel like I am walking the streets of these cities and add insight into what they were like to live in at the depicted time.  Yes, maps, especially Panoramic maps (see Panoramic Maps collection, Library of Congress) do help us visualize to an extant, when combined with photographic images of a street and the whole 3D (e.g. kind of like street views on Google) just takes it to a whole other level.

Do you know of other projects where one can see a visualizing of a particular place at a particular time? 

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