Navigate DC's past with this map - DC


Aug. 15, 2017 10:40 am

Navigate DC’s past with this map

Wymer's DC plots historic images of everyday life in the city from around 1950, and offers a comparison with today's view.

D.C. views.

(Photo by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier)

A recently released map of D.C. provides a look into the city’s past.

Wymer’s DC┬áis an interactive map that allows users to click on location markers around the city. For each site, the map shows a historic photos of the city, juxtaposed with what the scene looks like now as per Google Street View.

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According to DCist, the images were taken by John P. Wymer. From 1948-1952, the statistician at the Bureau of Standards created a map that divides the city into 57 sections and set out to take photographs of everyday life in the city. He amassed a collection of 4,000 images, half of which are contained in the map.

The digital map was created by Jessica Richardson Smith and Thomas G. Smith, in collaboration with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. According to the Wymer’s DC website, the map was made using FlipKit. The open source tool overlays images onto Google Street View.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is Market Editor for Baltimore and DC. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.


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