40 Years of Progress
1902-1943
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Ultra High Def - 100 years ahead of its time

The ‘before and after’ photo display is popular. But what if you could do it with an entire city? The ‘before’ photo is from 1902 (cropped from panoramic zoom page HERE ). The ‘after’ came from a large print of a 4x5 negative taken in 1943. Remarkably, the fields of view are almost identical - making an overlay match up with minimal work. Note that in 1902, large 8"x10" glass plate negatives were used, giving a lot of room to capture details.

Today's 'full frame' digital sensors are the size of a 35mm negative (just under 1½ in. x 1 in.) - a fraction of the large format area. Even today's best full-frame digital cameras don't capture enough resolution to zoom into a single image as we can with 100 year-old+ images.
NOTE: If you have a full-frame digital shot of this scene, I would like to include it for comparison.  CONTACT ME


Customs House Gets Company

When the Customs House was completed in 1893, it stood alone. Today it is surrounded by most of the same buildings seen in 1943, but now part of a retail shopping area called Warehouse Row, named for the warehouse district that once occupied these buildings. See a zoom page dedicated to the Customs House here.

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Grant University becomes The University of Chattanooga

Albeit distant and difficult to see - the once towering Grant University ‘Old Main’ building looms in 1902 housing all facilities of the school. By 1943 - more familiar structures of The University of Chattanooga are seen. Behind those buildings, Chamberlain Field; home to the ‘Mocs’ football team for nearly 90 years from 1908 to 1997. READ MORE

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Expansion into Hill City

North Chattanooga or ‘Hill City’ looks rather pristine in 1902. 40 years later it is well developed. The Walnut Street Bridge (1890), is joined by the Market Street Bridge in 1917.

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Multi-story Growth

While it looks like the entire city is replaced in 40 years, a careful view shows some structures survive, even to today such as the ‘Dome Building’, and several churches.

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