PHOTOS OF SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
This page brought to you by the Buena Vista Neighborhood Association ... www.bvnasj.org

Links to other pages of Photos:
San Jose 1975-2006   
San Jose Then and Now 
(Buildings) 
San Jose Then and Now (Homes)

The Box of Ghosts Project
Many thanks to the San Jose Historical Museum and especially their archivist, Jim Reed, in locating the "THEN" photographs.

I've just started working on the THEN and NOW section of aerials. I hope to get up in a plane some day and get copies of the various old photos I have collected. In the meantime, I've started using Google Earth where possible. See what you think!

COMMENTS? loui@louitucker.com      

On the left an aerial view of Valley Fair in 1958 seen from approximately Winchester and Stevens Creek, looking east. Old-timers will remember the larger building in the foreground as The Emporium. In the background, an entire separate building, was Macy's. The strip in between? Residences! Nobody dreamed of parking a car at Macy's and *walking* to The Emporium! To the south, it is still orchard -- the old Town & Country Village had not been built yet. You can see Highway 17 (aka 880) in the upper corner.

On the right is a GoogleEarth-generated aerial of the area, showing the mall, three parking structures, and Santana Row across the street on the south. On the upper edge you can see the interchange of Steven Creek/San Carlos and Highway 17.

This comparison works pretty well, but other comparisons I've tried just don't. The Google-Earth version is an extrapolation, not a real photograph so you can't quite get the angle. The buildings are flattened. Also, you can't get really close aerials. This will do for now, until I can actually get up in an airplane.

One more GoogleEarth-generated shot:

This one was pretty successful. It's of the intersection of Highway 280 and Highway 87, looking northeast across downtown San Jose. The photo on the left was taken in the early 1970s, when 280 was newly built, but 87 stops at about Julian Street. The angled effect does not quite work, but the overall effect is interesting.

 

Below are examples of aerial photos I hope to someday take for comparison. I tried getting GoogleEarth-generated shots and they just don't look good at all. The photo on the left is San Jose take looking southeast from Santa Clara in 1940. The one on the right is San Jose State University in 1959.
 
MODERN PHOTOS OF DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE
I recently returned to San Jose by plane, and had a window seat on the right side of the plane. The wing of the plane obscured part of each shot, but I think you'll like these photos. All looking eastward across downtown San Jose from about Highway 87.
San Fernando -- St. Joseph's Cathedral, the Knight-Ridder building, with Martin Luther King library and San Jose State University in the background.
Looking eastward on Santa Clara Street, with the Bank of America Building near the center, City Hall beyond it.

St. James with the Post Office on the far left, the twin towers on Second Street. The Bank of America Building is on the far right. The large black are is the Victory Parking Lot.
St. James Park, with the court house on this side of it, with its parking lot to the left. The Community Bank Building is closer still, on the right. You can see the City Hall dome and tower in the far right beyond the twin towers on Second Street.

I am willing to go up in a plane to get some updated aerial photos. There are quite a few in the Historical Museum and various books that I could take a stab at getting a current version. Anyone have a plane or helicopter or know someone who'd be willing to take me up?

Links to other pages of Photos:
San Jose 1975-2006   
San Jose Then and Now 
(Buildings) 
San Jose Then and Now (Homes)

The Box of Ghosts Project
Many thanks to the San Jose Historical Museum and especially their archivist, Jim Reed, in locating the "THEN" photographs.

This page brought to you by the Buena Vista Neighborhood Association ... www.bvnasj.org


[HOME]