This cool interactive photo shows the same Vancouver block, decades apart

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How many times have you wondered how much of what’s on a present-day Vancouver block has been there for decades? Or just wanted to get a better sense of what has changed, and what managed to remain in place?

New, left, and old, right, split right down the middle (Screenshot)

Vancouver photographer Norman Fox has posted online an incredible interactive photo that compares the north side of the 500 block of East Hastings Street (at Princess Avenue) today with an image from several decades ago during the annual PNE Parade.

Fox aligned the images perfectly, and you can toggle back and forth to reveal more of less of either image to get a fuller sense of what was captured on this webpage. The parade-watchers from yesteryear, however, remain a constant in the image.

The full vintage image (Screenshot)

The PNE Parade kicked off the summertime event from 1935 to 1995; you can read more about it from the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, who also share the vintage image Fox used for his contemporary photo mash-up.

So what’s changed on this block of East Hastings? It’s a bit like playing those “compare the images” game in kids’ activity books, though perhaps the variations are more glaring. What’s the same are the trolley wires and light standards, and the tall, narrow building, as well as most buildings on the block, though what’s now the Tungkoon Benevolent Canada Association is in the place of a much older structure.

The present-day block, with an overlay of the PNE Parade-watchers (Screenshot)

There are plenty of other differences to spot, too–have fun seeing how many things you can find.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom