A new mobile app is launching today, and it allows locals as well as tourists to travel back in time by comparing more than 150 old photographs from Vancouver to recent ones, taken from the same spot decades later.
The app is the result of a partnership between the MyCityBefore team and Jeremy Hood, who has been doing then and now comparisons of Vancouver since 2007. MyCityBefore has previously released apps with the same concept for cities like Paris, Montreal or Barcelona.
To find then and now places, mobile users can either decide to be automatically notified when getting close to one or search for a specific place using the list or map view. For each place, there is both the old and recent photographs as well as a brief historical comment or anecdote to learn more about the place’s evolution. Using augmented reality, it’s also possible to superpose the old picture to the real view to observe the differences.
Vancouver, Then and Now is now available on the Apple AppStore and the Google Play Store for 1.99 $ CAD in Canada.
This project brings together so much of what we’re interested in: web, social, mobile, physical-digital connections, and how open data makes new things possible. The project has already caught some attention, notably by Dan Misener writing in the Globe & Mail. Though it’s described as a startup, we want to emphasize that this is a side-project and not an official new business. We like doing lots of things, but we’re not ready to make that jump quite yet.