In my Grandfather’s diary entries from Tuesday 27th April – Friday 30th April 1943 and Friday 30th April – Monday 3rd May 1943, he wrote of his leave in Alexandria. These photos were possibly taken during this period of leave. The caption to the photos is what he had written on the back of them.Follow @paula_from_nz
It would be fascinating to see what the places in your granddad’s photographs look like today.
I have considered at the end of the project seeing if I can do a “then and now” with some of the photos.
That would be very interesting.
If you are an accomplished photographer, it shouldn’t be an issue but if you aren’t just practice in your own location first. I made that mistake when I went to Seattle to take “then and now” images as you mention. It was a failure for the most part. While I can partially blame it on the fact my dad’s hotel in which he lived is no longer standing, I didn’t plan for parked cars and truck, construction, landscaping and time of day…and that’s only a partial list! 😦
I have the exact same pictures
It seems our grandfathers served together
Hi David, I suspect there were souvenir photos you could buy so its likely some were purchased but also I suspect there were only a few attractions to be seen so photos were much the same. Do you know what battalion your grandfather served with?
Those buildings would have been pretty impressive for Aussies and Kiwis back then
Coming from the sleepy back-water of New Zealand, it would have been amazing.
And the small country towns of Australia would have been so tiny and ‘primitive’.
You are fortunate in several ways. First, he was a shutterbug…and two, the photos survived for all these decades!
I suspect a lot of the photos were purchased but I can’t be sure. Some are definitely his and some appear to be commercial ones. When I said I’d do a then/now, I’d be doing it via Google, I have no plans to go to Egypt to trace his steps 🙂