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Old photos from April 2009

Another in my series of old ten year old photos. This turned out to be a bit of a bumper crop - a few months before I'd got the Nokia N95 phone, my first with a decent camera, so perhaps no surprise the number of photos was increasing. Melbourne's first wind-powered tram had launched in 2008. Note the "Gone With The Wind" reference, and the pre-platform "safety zone" Elizabeth Street (at Bo

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Old photos from March 2009

Here's another one of my regular posts of ten year old photos. That month I upgraded to a Nokia N95 phone, which took far better photos than its predecessor, the Nokia 6230i. Swanston Street opposite the City Square - the old pre-platform tram stops. I'd actually been trying to take a photo of my London Oyster card with the trams in the background. The camera consistently failed to get the

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from February 2009

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago. Black Saturday, 7th February 2009. There were dire warnings earlier in the week about the fire risk, though I'm not sure everyone believed them. It was a stinking hot day. The car thermometer at one stage measured 47.5 degrees - here it is showing 47. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/46372490044/ That night we had dinner wi

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from January 2009

Social media has been swept with the #10YearChallenge - people posting photos from ten years ago. I've been doing this for a while now, though this tends to be of spots around Melbourne, rather than personal photos. I suspect the challenge for some is even finding the photos. Anyway, here's January 2009... https://twitter.com/danielbowen/status/1087981317445349376 Flinders Street St

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Old photos from December 2008

My regular post of ten year old photos... The smiley in the sky (first posted here) Tram of the beast (First posted here) The next station is Connex Back when the trams were battleship grey, and they used obscure route numbers like 47. In December 2008 a brand new bike parking cage was under construction at Bentleigh. It would be demolished just 7 years later as part of the rebuilding of

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Old photos from November 2008

Continuing my series of ten year old photos... The coal industry trying to pretend they're good guys. I don't know if they even pretend these days... note yesterday Adani announced it would press ahead with its new coal mine, in the middle of a state bushfire crisis -- nice touch. Warrnambool holiday! This was fun. Should go back sometime. Unprotected level crossing somewhere near War

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Old photos from October 2008

My monthly post of ten year old photos... My day job had me working in Collins Street, and occasionally we'd get to go to the upper levels and check out the view. That's Manchester Lane at the bottom left, and near the top left you can just see the Shrine. Newspaper House dates from a 1933 revamp of an 1884 building, and at the time was owned by Herald and Weekly Times. The renovation also adde

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from September 2008

How can it be October already? It's still September in some timezones, so here's my regular post of photos from ten years ago, covering September 2008.   At Richmond station, I was probably trying to take a photo to help publicise the PTUA's discount yearly tickets - but couldn't get the ticket itself quite into focus on the old camera. Also at Richmond, one of those days when t

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Old photos from Europe 20 years ago

Normally each month I post photos from ten years earlier. I noticed that it's twenty years since my 1998 trip to Europe. This was the first trip I blogged in excruciating unnecessary detail - and I'm glad I did, as I've been rereading the posts, reliving the trip. I've taken the opportunity to re-scan some of the better photos and update the blog posts, and here they are in a post of their o

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Old photos from August 2008

Here's my monthly post of photos from ten years ago. For a while I was waging war on ghost tram route numbers via this blog post and then this Age article. Numbers like 7 and 9 were pointless because nobody outside a few gunzels knew them. This was tram route 7 to Malvern Depot. In 2011, all the obscure route numbers got renumbered to something people can actually understand. Route 7 f