With the help of Google Earth

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by MyOldDad, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    I have always liked this WWII photo of my dad which I remember him saying was taken in 'Alex'.

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    It always seemed to me it was from a lost time and place but recently I took note of the physical features contained within it and set about examining the layout of Alexandria on Google Earth. Within a remarkably short space of time I was able to come up with this:

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    It was a strange feeling to realise it's all still there - and in colour!!! - could be my next holiday destination!
    The wonders of Google Earth!
    Tom.
     
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    We like stuff like this.
    have you seen the Google Earth thread?
    Good work.
     
  3. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    We like stuff like this.
    have you seen the Google Earth thread?
    Good work.
    Hi Owen,
    No, I am still blundering my way through your site. Please point me in the general direction!
    Tom.
     
  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Tom,

    A great piece of work and really nice to see THEN and NOW pictures.

    Tom,
     
  5. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

  6. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    Hi MyOldDad

    Did perchance your Dad have a snap taken in Rameses Square in Alexandria ?
    BBC - WW2 People's War - Day Leave in Alexandria

    Cheers

    Ron
    Hi Ron,
    It shows up today as Saad Zaghloul Sq (Al Iskandariyah) but that does sound a bit 'post colonial', it was probably Ramases Sq in his day. I have a good few other photos of him on leave there at the same period and I always wondered why so many of them featured him holding bunches of bananas. Now I know!!!!
    Thanks.
    Tom.
     
  7. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Hi Tom! Thats some pretty good detective work there. I'm sure there were more than a few streets and squares renamed in the immediate post-colonial period.
     
  8. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Hi Ron,
    It shows up today as Saad Zaghloul Sq (Al Iskandariyah) but that does sound a bit 'post colonial', it was probably Ramases Sq in his day. I have a good few other photos of him on leave there at the same period and I always wondered why so many of them featured him holding bunches of bananas. Now I know!!!!
    Thanks.
    Tom.


    And thank you Tom for giving me the new name of the square.
    I went on GOOGLE EARTH, keyed in Saad Zaghloul Sq, Alexandria and I was back on the sea front in Alexandria. There was also a photo of the statue, see below.
    I have also shown my original photo to make the comparison PLUS the GOOGLE EARTH image showing the actual location

    Long live GOOGLE EARTH !

    Ron
     

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  9. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    And thank you Tom for giving me the new name of the square.
    I went on GOOGLE EARTH, keyed in Saad Zaghloul Sq, Alexandria and I was back on the sea front in Alexandria. There was also a photo of the statue, see below.
    I have also shown my original photo to make the comparison PLUS the GOOGLE EARTH image showing the actual location

    Long live GOOGLE EARTH !

    Ron
    Hi Ron,
    Here is Bananaman!!! Incredibly it appears the fruit sellers basket is the same one as in your photo!

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    Thanks,
    Tom
     
  10. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Tom

    Probably the same bananas :) :) :) :)

    Ron
     
  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Please point me in the general direction!

    Since you asked Tom, the fat old GE thread lives here, might be something there to interest you.

    Amazing that this stuff is taken so for granted now. Imagine trying to pin down these shots in the pre-internet.
    Great stuff chaps.
     
  12. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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