Cape Town Then & Now – 1954 vs 2014

Ever wondered what Cape Town might have looked like 60 years ago?

We were interested to see if anyone had made a video comparing Cape Town now to 50+ years ago. Strangely we didn’t come across much vintage footage of the Mother City except for this video of Cape Town shot in 1954. I did however come across a video comparing London now to as it was in 1927. This inspired us to do the same for The Mother City,  Cape Town.

I waited for partly-cloudy day and went out to re-create the shots, using a Canon 600D and a combination of a 18-55mm kit lens and a 50mm 1.8 lens.

Here is Travelstart’s version: 

Some screenshots from the video:

View from Tafelberg Road

Cape Town’s CBD has expanded in the last 60 years – The Then & Now view from Tafelberg Road

The founding father’s statue was a bit tricky to film because of the palm trees that have shot up at the lower end of Adderley Street.

Adderley Street

If this  effigy could talk – Jan van Riebeeck’s statue on Adderley Street

The changing face of transport in Cape Town is evident in these snaps of old double decker buses on the corner of Strand and Adderley Street, and the modern MyCiti buses of today.

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Strand and Adderley Intersection

Very little has changed on the corner where Wale meets Adderley.

Corner of Wale and Adderley

Corner of Wale and Adderley

The houses of Parliament have had a new lick of paint.

Parliament

Parliament – Cape Town

Camps Bay remains one of Cape Town’s premiere sea-view living destinations

Camps Bay

Camps Bay

The iconic Winchester Mansions are still around in all it’s glory.

Winchester Mansions, Beach Road - Sea Point

The V&A Waterfront has developed over the last 60 years and is now one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions.

The V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront

Our Readers Comments

  1. The photos seem pretty similar apart from the blur of the 50s contrasted with the HD of 2013 – in fact, a better title for this blog post may be Photography: Cameras Then and Now.

  2. the best city in southafrica

  3. Ex-Capetonian…
    Wow…This sure brings back memories.No,I’m not that old but I remember flipping tru the family albums and my late grandfather would tell me stories of what happened there on that day.Cape Town is still the most beautiful place on earth.

  4. We need more of these – so interesting to see how the city has developed into one of the world’s top tourist destinations and the best place to live!

  5. Our city can continue to thrive and grow as long as the anc don’t get their grubby little paws on the tiller of power.This is not an election blurb but a statement of fact.PS.Great puctures.

  6. Our city can continue to thrive and grow as long as the anc don’t get their grubby little paws on the tiller of power.This is not an election blurb but a statement of fact.PS.Great pictures.

  7. Check out the book Cape Town Then and Now. It’s amazing! CT Archive photos and the current version to compare to.

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