Friday, January 03, 2014

Vintage Photo Friday

 
January 1, 1950. Colorado and Fair Oaks, Pasadena.  
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Witness the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, New Year's Day, 1950 (above).  Folks line the sidewalks, sit on top of the poles of street signs and signals to see the Tournament of Roses Parade pass by.  The architectural details of two buildings are apparent...the stone-work on the corner buildings and detail at the roof lines are intricate.
I took a screen shot of this same corner on Google-Maps today.  The buildings are the same!  I do love Old Town Pasadena and how they have re-purposed most of their historic buildings.
Colorado and Fair Oaks, Pasadena.  Recent Photo, Google-Maps
There are people on the sidewalks during our modern-day Rose Parade, but generally, you have to buy a seat in the bleachers erected for just that purpose.  I'm not sure the view is better from the top of today's bleachers or from high-atop the light pole in 1950!  The bleachers are definitely safer!  Happy New Year, enjoy your weekend.  Welcome back to reality on Monday.  
Bleacher Seating, Tournament of Roses Parade, 2014

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