"Google" Maps of London: 1940s Style

Nowadays we are all used to seeing maps overlaid upon satellite imagery but the idea isn't so new. Way back in 1947 London was mapped in a very similar style.



Just as in their modern day digital equivalents, places of interest were marked with little labels, over 1200 of them, showing everything from statues to blue plaques, and from museums to clubs.



These maps all come from this slim, hard-copy, volume:


AIR-PHOTO ATLAS of LONDON, A street Guide from the Air with over 1200 Literary, Historical and General references in Colour - Serial Maps
AIR-PHOTO Atlas of London No1: Tower to Trafalgar Square

I wish I had the others in the set. You can pick up copies from time to time on Amazon et al, for £8.00 - £10.00.


Of course the technology being used to produce these maps was not satellite but light aircraft. However one advantage of this was that the photographers got some great aerial shots of London landmarks and published many of these in the Atlas.


St Paul's Cathedral, Air-Photo Atlas of London
St Paul's Cathedral, Air-Photo Atlas of London

Strand, The Thames and Waterloo Bridge: Air-Photo Atlas of London
Strand, The Thames and Waterloo Bridge: Air-Photo Atlas of London

The whole set of these aerial photos are on my Facebook page. There are many more vintage photos of London there too:, dogs, street scenes, transport, all sorts; to see them just "Like" the page.


Contemporary photos are on my Flickr photostream.