Browsing the Web

I’m sure I’m not the first one to say this but … HistoryPin is by far one of the coolest sites I have come across yet. Anyone who knows me knows I am a picture fanatic. I will always be the one you seeing holding their camera or phone, ready to document any event I attend and that is why HistoryPin is just the site for me.

This site was created for the sole purpose of sharing photos and archiving them for the future. It is a very user friendly and easy to browse through even for those who are not as technologically advanced (such as myself). The website describes itself as “a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history” (Historypin). It is truly valuable in the sense that pictures, whether important to society or to an individual, can be put out there for everybody to see and remember.

The site offers a variety of different categories from Olympic Memories to Hurricane Sandy, Amazing Grandparents and even Me and My Chevy. It is unique because it mainly generates through a map. If one was trying to uncover an old photo from a certain city, town or country, all they would have to do is search the area and BAM, all photos previously pinned would show up. This could be extremely useful to a historian or student researching events of the past as it provides wonderful primary sources.

I took a personal interest in this and decided to search my hometown of Elora but unfortunately there haven’t been in “pins” in this area yet, so I instead moved onto Guelph. To my luck there have been several photos pinned, many of which I found extremely interesting. While doing this I was able to see a picture of the construction of the high school I attended, Our Lady Of Lourdes, taken July 6 1965. It’s amazing to see how Guelph has established over the years. I barely recognized my high school in the photo and not just because it was under construction. The landscape and surroundings have changed dramatically over the years. Within the picture there was an row of trees which I never knew, a field which is now covered by an additional parking lot and space to run which houses have now been built on.

Without the use of Historypin I would have never come across the photo of Our Lady of Lourdes and I wouldn’t have be able to reflect on how much growth and changed has occurred. I think this site is great and extremely beneficial to those doing research or maybe just leisurely browsing important places or significant events. It is important to remember the past and this site allows us to do just that by sharing our collection of photos that others wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise.

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One thought on “Browsing the Web

  1. This site is amazing! Its spectacular how it connects images to these regions and events at ease, along with that I see it as being a tool that could be quite useful for small museums who maybe can’t afford the time or actual finances to publish their image archives to a dedicated website. I feel like with more and more photo based websites starting to use this photo/map collaboration it could be possible for them to eventually all merge together to provide a better overall “view” of given locations which could be a great tourism feature!

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