Dunbar Hospital, Detroit 1922 & 2018

Dunbar Hospital, Detroit 1922 & 2018

Below left, doctors and medical students pose in front of Dunbar Hospital, a converted house that was the first hospital in Detroit for its black residents. At a time when blacks could be denied healthcare at hospitals on account of their race, minority-owned and operated hospitals like Dunbar filled a critical need in the city. Dunbar Hospital would later move to a larger location in 1928, with the original building reverting back to a home and later becoming a museum.

Detroit was, and still is, one of the most segregated cities in America. Though blacks have lived in Detroit almost from its founding over 300 years ago, it wasn’t until the First World War that large numbers of black immigrants began to arrive in the city from the south, along with southern whites who sought jobs in the defense industry. What had been a fairly integrated city became stratified along racial lines, with the racial prejudices of many newly arrived southern whites and some Detroit residents dictating a social policy that saw the creation of separate neighborhoods, schools, hotels, and public services for black Detroiters. Dunbar Hospital

Old London and New

Tower Bridge – September 7, 1940 during the first mass daylight bombing of London
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40 Bow Lane – London England 1920
40 Bow Ln London, England 1920
Fleet Street – London England 1924Fleet Street - London England 1924

Artillery Lane – London 1912
Artillery Lane - London, England 1912
Cheapside with St Mary le Bow – London 1909
Cheapside with St Mary le Bow London 1909Cheapside with St Mary Le Bow – London 1910Cheapside with St Mary Le Bow London 1910
Aldgate Pump 80 Leadenhall St. – London 1880Aldgate Pump 80 Leadenhall St 1880
Savoy Hotel Exeter St. – London 1900Savoy Hotel Exeter St London 1900
Frying Pan Alley on Sandys Row – London 1908
Frying Pan alley on Sandys Row 1908Seven Dials with The Crown Pub & Shops – London 1910Seven Dials with The Crown Pub & Shops1910

Oxford Arms Warwick Lane – London 1875Oxford Arms Warwick Lane - London 1875

Barcelona Entonces y Ahora

Things change quickly in this city. In just 115 short years the entire name of this restaurant changed!
Escudellers 8 – Barcelona 1902 and 2017
Escudellers 8 - Barcelona 1902Carrer de la boqueria – Barcelona 1902 and 2017
Carrer de la boqueria - Barcelona 1902Font de Santa Eulàlia a la Plaça del PedróBarcelona 1960 and 2017
Font de Santa Eulàlia a la Plaça del PedróBarcelona 1960Plaça de Sant Felip Neri with bomb damage from and air raid during Franco’s siege of the city – Barcelona 1938 and 2017
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri - Barcelona 1938Catalonia independence is not a new issue. It actually spans hundreds of years and touches deep emotional/national feelings on both sides.
Riots in the Plaça Sant Jaume – Barcelona 1936 and 2017Plaza Sant Jaume - Barcelona 1936

Amsterdam WWII Era and Before


I didn’t even notice the bike until after I had completed editing the images, saved it and then had a close look at the finished side by side image. That’s just beyond mere coincidence. Creepy.


This was a tough one to find but I think it’s pretty cool how it reaches back almost 125 years ago. Just think of the epic history those children lived through for better or worse. Kind of haunting. And the alley still remains.


SS headquarter, Dam Square 1941, now and H&M.


Nieuwe Teertuinen with Sloterdijkerbrug Bridge 1890.


Rijks Museum 1941


Occupation of Amsterdam, 1940.


Pumping Station Haarlemmerweg, Amsterdam 1900


German art theft from the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam.


Anne Frank House.


Rijks Museum 1897

Paris – Rue Barres

I am fortunate enough to get to travel quite a bit both domestically and internationally. I have a background in graphic design and photography and I’ve always loved history. Along the way I stumbled upon the perfect way to bring all these things together as one. A few years ago, I think it was a trip to Paris with my kids, I was doing some Google research on the history of Paris and a few photos from the late 1800s and was blown away. I saved them on my phone and when we arrived in the City and we found ourselves in front of the Hôtel de Ville I got the bright idea to try and find exactly where the photographer had stood to get the shot. I took the photo myself and when I got back to the apartment that knight I opened them both up in PhotoShop and replicated the cropping, pasted them side by side and that was the beginning of a life long scavenger hunt.