I recently imported my Johannesburg Posterous blog to WordPress as Posterous is closing down in April.
Although the process was fairly easy and pain-free, it did result in some format issues, especially with the photographs. WordPress gives much greater control whereas Posterous just dumped everything into a gallery without the option to properly name the pictures.
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While researching the story and these posts, I often come across some amazing pictures and facts that fall outside my area of immediate interest.
This one is particularly interesting as it shows Johannesburg in the late 1940s or early 1950s BEFORE the highway was built and Parktown was decimated – all way before my time! There is no Killarney, Joburg General Hospital, Ponte or Carlton Centre. Follow familiar roads like Empire, Jan Smuts Avenue, Oxford or Harrow to see how it all looked 60 years ago. Barry Hertzog Avenue didn’t even exist then.
I suspect it was taken in the late 1940s because the Johannesburg railway station is already being expanded over what was originally the first Wanderer’s stadium before it moved to present day Illovo. The move happened in September 1946.
The scan is 5MB and one can zoom in quite far. I picked this up from the Africana Museum archives.
It’s uncovering old photos like this and looking, in detail, back in time that makes this all worthwhile for me.