voice + video blog
Croydon Now and Then
It's the last day of the year and a time to look forward to what lies ahead as well as a casual nod to the past.
The "Croydon and Surrounding Areas History" group on facebook is lively community of some 10,000 members who regularly post photos and recollections of Croydon from times gone by.
I like to poke around, looking at photos of the locations where I grew up and occasionally spotting pics of people I know.
There are several thousand images in the photo collection. Many are off topic, too small or poor quality but the good ones really are great. I often find myself tagging images with the corresponding Google street view coordinates to show where the snap was taken and to see what of the orginal scene is still visible today.
This week I assembled fifty of the most interesting shots and merged them with the approximate street view to create a short montage of Croydon, now and then.
The video has been uploaded to the aforementioned facebook group and I share it with you below. I hope you enjoy it.
I wish you all the very best for 2018.