historypin Combines Historic Photographs & Google Maps

Are you looking for a source not just of historic photographs, but want to see the “then and now”  of the location or building in the photo?  Have you been looking for an easy way to find collections of historic building photos on a topic such as the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake?  How about a group of photos of historic buidlings  under construction or repair aptly titled The Under Construction Collection?  All of this and more is readily available  with historypin


Historypin, in cooperation with Google has “mashed up” historic photographs with all forms Google maps to create a public interest site that has plenty of side benefits for historians, architectural engineers, and many other building professionals looking for a resource on historic buildings.  The site lets you view a photograph superimposed on Google Street View for instance.  Or, look at a map of the US or other location and see the “pin” icons showing where photos are available.  You can search by date, location or combine both if you need something specific in history. 

The site, brought to my attention by alert reader bethp in a comment, was initially focused on historic preservation related to the national historic preservation landmark post.  But as soon as I saw the existing historypin Collections, I updated the 105 Year Anniversary post about the great San Francisco Earthquake with a link to a unique set of historic photographs of the disaster.

Easy to learn to navigate, search and even create or “pin” your own historic photos, historypin is a one of a kind site that should generate a lot of public interest and serve as a resource for building failures professional as well.  The 90 second historypin tour on the home page is well worth the time if you want a really quick lesson on the features and navigation.

And, don’t worry about keeping track of the URL if you forget to bookmark it, hisitorypin is now on the main BFF page in the Resource Links.

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