Stunning shots. I was just thinking about this the other day and wishing I'd had some sort of book to carry around with me showing before/after and then current shots. I walked around London not having any idea what was really old and what had been destroyed and rebuilt. It had been repaired so seamlessly.
Hi TAL, I went to an open air market in the mid 50s in Croydon that was on a bomb site from the Blitz. It was incredible. One of the best books I have seen was Blitz - Then and Now by After the Battle Magazine. The comparison shots were fantastic. I have an In Memoriam card in my collection to a London Family who were killed in an air raid and that raid was covered in the book. I was in Germany in the 80s and there was a fantastic series of Photobooks recording all the architectural treasures that were destroyed in the war. Finally, a few years back, I bought some booklets that were official histories depicted all the war damage to historical buildings - a few from Italy and some from elsewhere. I must dig them out sometime!
Just incredible shots. The color makes them all the more 3 dimensional looking. such deep. Thanks for leading me to these.
It's nice to know a book like that exists. It was so thrilling to see those shots today.I remember in '73 going to Milan and walking in to see the Last Supper. A "guide" came up and immediately started going on and on about how the US bombed all around during the war. I stared at him and said "Musssolini" then walked away. He left us alone.
Simply amazing shots that really bring home the tragedy of the blitz... thanks for the link Laurie, and here's hoping you are having a good summer so far...