Answers to Mysteries
Here we collect answers to questions we had about mystery
photos. Now these photos are no mysteries any longer ...
We did not need to
wait long to receive an answer to our question which place
is depicted in this photo. Many thanks to Nigel Aspdin for
sending a very detailed and helpful answer.
Its not England for sure, (unless the photographer
mucked up the image on printing!) as everyone is driving on
the wrong side of the road, as indeed the Europeans still
do. My immediate reaction to the photo did not concentrate
on the matters Album1900 had chosen to zoom, but I selected
two items. Firstly a facade at the top of the photo at the
very end of the street. A railway terminus, I felt sure, with
a huge arched glass front window in the gable. So I felt I
must look at major European city rail termini, and I agreed
with Album1900 it had the feel of a north European city. Secondly,
the 4 metre tower on the pavement to the left, covered in
advertising posters. (I wish I knew what these towers were
for and what they are called. I wonder if they were sewer
ventilation?). My immediate reaction to this was "Paris".
The street certainly has the feel of Paris, the good order
set out by Georges-Eugène Haussmann in the vast redevelopment
of Paris. This view has all three elements of Haussman's plans
for Paris, uniform building heights, grand boulevards, and
anchoring elements (the station facade in this view). A quick
look at the mainline stations showed Gare de L'Est as the
most likley candidate:
I believe the original camera position was looking
north north east at the terminus facade,1,450metres away,
north north east up Boulevard de Sebastopol and Boulevard
de Strasbourg, and taken from the west side of Boulevard de
Sebastopol, just south of Rue Greneta.
The large and high arched roof with cupola in the centre of the top block in the above picture is clearly visible in the old photograph. Below is a Google Streetview photo looking north north east, taken approximately where the original photo was taken, and the tower with advertising posters., still there !
And moving up Boulevard de Sebastopol a few metres
the building on the right can be matched with the old photo
corner building that had a corner awning.
Swinging round to the right, and looking up in
Google Streetview, evidence of the particular second floor
window detail can be matched with the original photo as follows:
I don't think there is much doubt that this is
the location! Nigel Aspdin. Derby, UK.
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