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Posts from the ‘History’ Category

1914 – 2014: One Hundred Years Time Lapse

I can never get enough of the blending of old historical photographs with the exact same spot in the present day. It shows the progress of a century in a single instance, which is difficult to explain in words.

World War II Widow Searches For Answers To Her Husband’s Death

Sometimes government services can’t do anything right, no matter how easy it might be to get answers for its constituents.

World War I Photos Blended With The Present

German airplanes at Place de la Concorde in Paris were wrecked by celebrating crowds on the day of the restoration of Alsace-Lorraine. November 18, 1918.

I never get tired of the photography trick where photos of past and present are melded into a single picture. Here are photos of World War 1 mixed with photos of the same locations today. It shows that sometimes not a whole lot changes in 100 years.

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Berlin’s Historic Tempelhof Airport Is Now A Giant Intercity Park

Tempelhof Airport in Berlin has had a very storied career. Originally designed by Albert Speer and intended to be part of a new master architectural design for the city of Berlin under the Third Reich, construction on the airport stopped once World War II began and plans for the airport changed drastically once the war ended. Built between 1936 and 1941, and resembling an eagle in flight, the airport fell under American jurisdiction after the war ended. Quickly becoming one of the busiest airports in Europe, it also served as the main dropping off point for the Berlin Airlift when the Soviet Union blocked all land access to Berlin.

The airport ceased flight operations in 2008 and reopened again in 2010 as a mixed-use free public space for people to relax in, hold concerts, festivals and more. The airport is one of the largest free intercity spaces int he world with 909 acres of space. My guess is that if this airport were in the United States, it would instead be transformed into land for more condos, strip malls and movie theaters. Glad to see that Berlin is doing something sensible with this valuable and historic land.

The Long Shadow of Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant experienced an explosion, subsequent fire and near nuclear meltdown that sent large amounts of nuclear radiation into the air. This caused the immediate evacuation of Pripyat, a town with a population of nearly 50,000, over a 36 hour period, not to mention casting a large trail of nuclear radiation over many parts of Europe.

The video above is for a Kickstarter project to promote the publication of a book called “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl”, a collection of photographs taken by Gerd Ludwig of the Chernobyl plant and Pripyat, taking over a 20 year period. My guess is that most people under the age of 30 have not seen many pictures of Chernobyl and Pripyat except perhaps in the game Call of Duty. Hopefully this book will enlighten those completely unaware of this massive tragedy.