Alan Weeks’ Then and Now: Part 1
By Alan Weeks
Mike Patris and Steve Crise published a book of their PERY archive photos, before and after. I was really impressed with their work. I decided to try to do the same thing they did on a smaller scale. I have a lot of respect for the work that they did after doing it myself.
I doubt if there are many of us who will go back and try to find the exact location that they took a picture sixty three years ago. I can tell you it is a lot of work. It is also a humbling experience. I felt like I had stepped into a time machine. My minds eye still remembered the original picture that I took at these locations but when standing there sixty three years later it is like stepping out of the time machine.
Day to day we don’t always notice the changes around us. But many years later the changes are drastic.
Most of the before pictures were taken when I was nineteen.
And now at eighty two it is a shocking reminder of how old I am.
Great shots! just not the same anymore. i wish i could go back to those days everything seemed so much nicer than. with reading and doing research on the PE i seem to be living in LA of the past. i do lot of work with google earth with tracing the lines out and posting photos on the map of where the B&W was taken and when i street view it, it just looks wrong. haha I live in Boise Idaho but eventually will make my way back down to So Cal to actually see what really is left of the old PE. I grew up there lived behind the old Bellflower line and rode the trolleys at OREM. I am now 22 and have grown to love the old PE system and trolleys and SoCal of the 1920s-50’s. again great work and hope to do some of my own one day.
I grew up in Monrovia about 4 blocks north of the PE and remember all those places.
Thanks for the shots–
RIP Pacific Electric.