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google image search timeline hack albany composite

A few spans from the timeline for Albany.

Interesting/fun/gawkable: a timeline of photos and images about Albany, from 1900 to the present.

We were able to create the timeline using a Google Image Search hack by a guy named David Hirmes. It pulls images (for whatever topic) based on the dates associated with them. Some of the images are clearly not from the specific year -- but much more often than not, the timeline surfaces images that are close.

It's an fun way to explore images. We came across some interesting stuff -- a 1939 map of downtown (pre ESP) streets, a 1950s photo of the Delaware Plaza, a great 1956 night photo of State Street, a 1971 gay rights rally, and a lot of other stuff.

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Comments

Wow, it even finds photos from the future! That is amazing.

@B: Heh. I thought that was funny, too.

Unless... what if... they really are... from the future....

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