- These fascinating vintage photos date back to between 1867 and the 1970s
- Compared with modern snaps, they reveal how tourist hot spots have morphed
- Destinations presented here include Paris, New York, Thailand and beyond
Once upon a time, some of these destinations weren’t heaving with tourists.
Today, it’s impossible to beat the crowds in the world’s most iconic locations.
These photos, dating back to the very first days of photography in the late 1800s, up until the 1970s, chart that transformation.
Rome’s ancient Colosseum, for example, has attracted much bigger crowds since 1921, when a photo was snapped of the site shows only a scattering of visitors, all very well-dressed.
Another black-and-white image, this time taken in 1887, captures the Eiffel Tower in Paris when it was still only half built.
Other things don’t change. One picture taken in Japan in 1911 depicts a distinguished-looking gentleman on a rickshaw ride, being pulled by its owner. This Japanese tradition is still alive and well today, down to the type of shoes worn by the drivers.
Clad in lederhosen, a tourist snaps a photo of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in September 1960 (left). Today (right) there are a lot more visitors to the sight
This grainy image of Venice’s Grand Canal (left) was taken in 1929. Today (right) things look considerably more built-out
In the early 20th Century (left), the Kyoto bamboo forest looked more unkempt than they do today (right)
The picture taken in Japan in 1911 (left) captures a distinguished-looking gentleman on a rickshaw ride. This tradition is still alive and well today (right), down to the type of shoes worn by the drivers
Children in Jerusalem gather in this 1936 snap (left) and (right), the Wailing Wall, which now attracts millions of visitors a year
London’s Big Ben remains unchanged today (right), as seen from Westminster Bridge, but the now-vintage buses (left) hark back to 1958
One thing’s for sure, Rome’s ancient Colosseum has attracted much bigger crowds (right) since 1921 (left)
In 1957 (left), a strained-looking woman is snapped begging at the window of a car in India. The situation today (right) remains unchanged
In 1887 (left) the Eiffel Tower was still being constructed in Paris. One-hundred-and-thirty years later it’s standing tall
By 1972 (left), Bangkok’s rivers were already getting crowded. Today (right), even more so
As is visible in this snap of the pond in New York’s Central Park (left), taken in 1947, the skyline has since become a lot more cluttered (right)
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online