Stories to Tell – Holland Germany 2012 Part 6

Then and Now

This is the final blog post featuring images from Holland and Germany. I saved these images for last. Partly because it makes for a great ending to this series of blog posts on Holland and Germany, but also because there is a bit more work than a typical blog post.

I came up with this idea….well I honestly can’t remember why I came up with this idea. :) I just thought it would be cool to try to replicate photos that my dad took in the 1950s while stationed in Europe. Some photos were easy to find the location, others were not. I was actually surprised that I found the majority of what I was looking for on this trip. (My dad travelled all over Europe, so there is potential for more of these in the future. But this “little” project of mine will take a long time I think.)

The photos that Dad took I used to look at over and over again when I was a kid. We’d set up the slide projector and the screen, and Dad would go through them. It was a cheap visual vacation for a kid in the 1970s.

Kitzingen, Germany

Vantage point is key when replicating the photos. 50+ years later and things do change just a bit—trees grow, streets are built, building facades change. Luckily in Kitzingen, Germany, their city code prevents people from changing the facades too much. One thing that was helpful finding the buildings was to look at the windows. Generally those looked the same, especially when you looked at the upper floors. That was really the only way to verify we were in the right spot for many of the photos taken in Kitzingen. When I showed the old photos to the nice folks at the local tourist information center, she said “that’s us!” pointing at the building we were standing in. (And hello to the suave Walter in Kitzingen at the tourist office!)

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today

Kitzingen, Germany, 50s and Today–Couldn’t stand in the same spot because of the trees.

Mainbernheim, Germany

If you’ve been following this series, this is also where my friend and I were chatting with the old woman sitting outside her home. She let us go inside the door into a private courtyard. (Remember the stuffed dog in the little door?) You can go back and look at Part 2 of this series to see that blog post and photos.

Mainbernheim, 50s and Today

Mainbernheim, 50s and Today — I didn’t stand in the right spot, but it hasn’t changed much.

Wurzburg, Germany

The lions don’t sleep tonight. :) They’ve been guarding that bridge for a long, long time.

Back in Part 3, there were also more photos from Wurzburg. In the first photo below, my dad said ” you weren’t in the right spot.” If I had been standing in that spot, I’d have been in a tree.

Wurzburg, Germany, 50s and Today

Wurzburg, Germany, 50s and Today — Again, couldn’t stand in the same spot because of trees blocking the view.

Wurzburg, Germany, 50s and Today

Wurzburg, Germany, 50s and Today

Well, that’s all folks. If you loved this series, please share a blog post with a friend or two!

If you just found this blog post, below is the list of the prior posts.

Ciao!

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About Barb Kellogg

I'm a people, pet and nature photographer who loves great bokeh, dark chocolate, and a good cup of tea.

9 comments

  1. This is wonderful! I love it! It’s so nice that these places haven’t changed much – they’re so very scenic. I wouldn’t have been able to identify the spot in Kitzingen, but your Dad’s photo of the girl looking like she’s being dragged across the street is classic (and transcends time and cultures). What an excellent project – thanks for sharing!

  2. It’s better than I thought when we were there….
    You really can compare the pics now….
    Great project:)

  3. Barb – this is truly fantastic! I absolutely love how you’ve included the photos of your Dad and now the ones of you. And the story you shared of you and your Dad looking at the photos is priceless. Thank you for giving us a peek into your wonderful life!

  4. Deb

    Nicely done! What an experience just to know you walked in the foot steps of your dad.

  5. Ditto “Karen’s” comment — I’ve been applauding this project from afar for a long while, it’s sooo cool to see the results. I especially love the shots of you and your dad side by side. You make your COUSIN very proud!

  6. karen

    Wonderful! To see your Dad and then you in the same location 62 or so years later is really a treat. Your Dad will smile when he sees this wonderful tribute to a father you love very much. You make an old woman very proud also.

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