Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Time Travelling to Buenos Aires’ Past

Old Photography of Calle Florida taken around 1920 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
I was time travelling last night. Of course, I didn't forget my fancy gadget from the present, my photographicator electronicus, so I could take some pictures. And I did. On my way back to the future, however, all color pixels were set to zero. I can't understand how this could happen. Probably I was travelling too fast. But I was not completely out of luck: I could save the black and white pixels. In hindsight, I think this adds atmosphere and a nice kind of 'artsy' appeal to the image.
To tell the truth, the picture was part of an exhibition about the Amigos del Arte that I saw at the MALBA. It shows the Florida road roughly around the 1920s. In that time the society of art lovers resided at this exclusive address.
If you had a chance to time travel, where would you go and why?

12 comments:

Rob said...

I'd probably go to Paris, in the 1920es, to dance the charleston.

Andreea said...

I think I would choose Paris too, probably because I fancy myself European (from Eastern Europe though) and Paris is for me the quintessential European city, the glory of the French and European civilizations. I would also choose the 1920s or early 1930s, some time before the war anyway. But I have to say that Buenos Aires in the 1920s looks equally interesting. Love the photo.

Leif Hagen said...

I love looking at old photos! I wonder what it really would have been like to live back then...

Jacob said...

I knew you didn't take that picture just now! You're so silly! Nobody wears hats anymore! Sheesh! ;-)

Actually, it's a delightful photo...I could look at old photos like this all day!

That's 'cause I wasn't here in the 1920s. Close, but no cigar.

RogerB said...

The mens hats are always a clue to old photos. I doubt that we currently have anything that will distinguish us 100 years from now.

B SQUARED said...

I would have to go forward in time.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Cool old photo. I don't know how I'd do if I went back in time...I'm spoiled by too may modern conveniences. And I might feel too far out of place in the future. Maybe I should just stay in the here and now. ;-)

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful street view photo !! This is great..Unseen Rajasthan

AB said...

I see the cars had not completely taken over in those days

SP said...

Great post and great question! I'd maybe set the dial for New York in the 1950s or turn of the century Vienna... Oh I don't know. Thanks for sharing the pics though.

Per Stromsjo said...

I wonder how many cars there were in those days.

peenkfrik said...

I love looking at old photos. Almost everyone are wearing hats! This reminds me of a photo of old Manila except that everyone was in white including the hats.