Huge Cache of Historic Photos Published

CityLab published an article yesterday discussing the great life’s work of DC resident from the last century: John P. Wymer. As a personal hobby, Wymer spent thousands of hours between 1948 to 1952 charting the geography of the District and taking thousands of photos. After decades of the photos being hidden away, the work of a dedicated librarian is making them available again.

Wymer ultimately took 4,000 photos of average life around DC. Jessica Richardson Smith, the librarian, is meticulously digitalizing these photos and merging them with Google Streetview to enable you to quickly place all the photos on the map. She has already digitalized about half of the photos and the map can be found here.

Of the photos she’s uploaded so far, there are dozens of photos from around Georgetown. Some scenes look virtually identical to how they appear today, but many are starkly different (for instance the waterfront photos are not surprisingly quite different).

But don’t just keep your browsing to Georgetown, the photos come from all over DC and you can quickly become lost in them.

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

One response to “Huge Cache of Historic Photos Published

  1. Pingback: Now and a Long Time Ago: Lord Baltimore Service Station | The Georgetown Metropolitan

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s