Travel through time with ‘Historypin’

Bangkok: If you have ever wondered how a landscape or monument might have looked a century ago, then this is the app for you.

Historypin, on iOS and Android platforms, is an app that tries to collect memories of locations. It counts on people to provide and digitize old photographs and other media of the locations, along with personal recollections of the past.

The app combines latest pictures and old memories to create a story of a place and acts like a time machine in your pocket, its backers say.

“It’s about people coming together to create a web of human history”, said Nick Stanhope, Chief Executive of ‘We Are What We Do’, a United Kingdom-based non-profit organization that is responsible for the Historypin project.

The app uses GPS to find content that has been added within certain vicinity. Users can also browse content that has been uploaded at any location on the map. The results can be filtered by date, ranging from the 1840s (the time of the earliest photographs) up to the present day.

The app also includes an augmented-reality camera that overlays historic images in the database on top of the current landscape. Over 55,000 photos and stories have been pinned to the map since the website and app were introduced.

One photo from 1938 shows a car being tugged across Newfoundland, Canada’s Placentia Gut by two small wooden boats, a method that was retired as soon as a bridge was built to provide a more efficient route.

Another from the late 1920s shows a mother and daughter in Minnesota enjoying a laugh in front of a local school and its now defunct bell and tower.

Users can create or upload content using the app. Comments can be added to existing media, helping build what the organization hopes will become a tapestry of historic data.