Only a few places in the world have been fully photographed for Google Street View. So to see how it works I decided to try with places outside the Philippines, just to demonstrate the potential of the technology.
Take this photo, of the front steps of St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington DC, on August 3, 1944 as President Quezon’s coffin was being carried out of the church en route to temporary internment in Arlington National Cemetery.
On Google Earth you can zoom in on St. Matthew’s Cathedral:
And from there, zoom in further, transferring to Google Street View. Then you can get an archival photograph and superimpose it on Google Street View. I’m sure others can do it more accurately, but this example will suffice to show the potential of the technology.
The end result is pretty striking, if I don’t say so myself:
As you can imagine, this is only a demonstration of the astounding –very rich– possibilities Google Earth, Google Maps and Google Street View has for understanding and sharing Philippine history. For higher-resolution versions of the images I’ve demonstrated in this and the past three blog entries, please see this slideshow.