Snapshots of city’s changing times

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© Keith Jones The No. 40 tram outside the Adelphi. 1950s and 2013

© Keith Jones The No. 40 tram outside the Adelphi. 1950s and 2013

A local man has created an online portfolio displaying photographs of how Liverpool has changed over the years.

Keith Jones, 42, of Croxteth, works at a shipping company and started the portfolio, in the form of a Facebook page, in January.

The father-of-two aims to create a range of interesting and evocative images that he hopes Liverpudlians of all ages can enjoy.

He started creating the portfolio in April last year after buying some old postcards of the city, but the project really took off when he found an archive of old photos from the Liverpool Records Office.

He said: “I enjoyed it immensely and think I went a bit OCD with it!

“I did over 600 ‘Then and Now’ shots in December alone, then started the Facebook page on Jan 7th to show people what I’d been doing.”

Mr Jones, who grew up in Childwall, is passionate about the city.

He said: “I love the history of Liverpool, and I can think of no other city that has quite such a range of classical and modern buildings, nor such a mixed history of grand expansion, widespread destruction, great industry, social change, economic decline then regeneration, so it’s a fascinating place to record.

© Keith Jones Anglican cathedral 1942 and 2012

© Keith Jones Anglican cathedral 1942 and 2012

“The project aims to document how things were in bygone days but, specifically, tied to a snapshot of how things are today, in order to add some context and record the city’s changes to date.”

He plans to expand the project further but says it all depends on whether he can find more archive photos.

He said: “In an ideal world I’d like to create a more permanent, tangible record for people to enjoy – maybe there’d be enough material for a book one day, but that would again depend on the copyright holders of the original photos being happy for me to do something like that.

“The thing with this project is that only half of the work is mine – without the efforts of the Victorian and Edwardian and more recent photographers, I’d have nothing to recreate, compare with, and share!

“That may be something for the future but for now I am still very much enjoying the research, the running round the city photographing scenes and reading people’s reminiscences of the old days of the city.”

To view the portfolio visit www.facebook.com/LiverpoolThenAndNow

About Madelaine Cornforth, JMU Journalism