In the summer of last year, I found a nifty new smartphone app called Historypin. I tried it out on West Broadway and Friedman's, with varying degrees of success. In essence, here's how the application works: You take an old photograph, like the one shown above, and upload it onto the Historypin website. Once uploaded, the photograph can be positioned using Google Street View, like so:
|Step 1: find the house on Street View.
|Then line up the old photograph; it can be adjusted to be translucent or opaque.
|Now the picture is lined up directly over the current map. We're good to go.
I have wanted to gather a large number of old pictures to do a historypin walking tour of part of NoMi. But many older pictures are copyrighted or otherwise can't be used without permission or paying fees. I've asked around about funding opportunities, but I'd rather get this done myself sooner rather than get funding later. So when I saw this picture on the Get to NoMi page, I had an idea. I'm asking neighbors on the page to send me old photographs. I will pin the first twenty I receive on the application, and we can do a small tour from that initial collection.
Here are the rules for the NoMi Historypin Challenge...
1. The photograph must be from somewhere in north Minneapolis.
2. The photograph must be from 1840 - 2002.
3. Posting or otherwise reusing the photograph cannot violate any copyright, trademark, or other legal protection.
4. Submissions must have a street address associated with the photo so that they can be pinned on Google Street View.
5. Please include a short description of the old picture. Why is it important either on a personal level or on a broader historical level?
Email submissions to my personal address at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first photo is here. We have nineteen to go before the inaugural NoMi Historypin Tour!