Another post from my archive series of Billboard photos.
I took these when the Haags Gemeentearchief (the Hague City Council Archive) put up billboards around the city to celebrate their 125th anniversary a few years ago.
The billboards were placed as close as possible to the locations depicted so that people could compare the “old” and the “new” surroundings.
The text reads “Hoge Prins Willemstraat met rechts de Badhuisstaat, foto P. Oosterhuis, circa 1865” (translation: High end of Prins Willemstraat with Badhuisstaat at right, photo P. Oosterhuis, circa 1865″
From what I can make out, all the buildings on the right hand side of the photo appear to be gone.
It’s difficult to make out the buildings on the left because the trees obscure the view,sadly the old trees are also gone, but a few newer younger ones are dotted around further up in the street in the present view.
Let’s compare the present day view from the same spot. The corners of the Badhuisstraat is now dominated by some boxy soulless concrete square buildings, there’s a tram-line on the Prins Willemstraat, and a flower stall on the intersection of the two streets.
View on the opposite side of the street (behind the billboard view)…