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Johannesburg : then and now

Author: Marc Latilla; Yeshiel Panchia
Publisher: Century City, Cape Town, South Africa : Struik Travel & Heritage, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In less than a century, the jumble of shabby tents and lean-tos that constituted Johannesburg's first settlement has grown into a modern metropolis of towering office buildings, high-rise apartments and sprawling suburbs. Its rapid development has been in no small measure the result of the fabulous wealth that lay in the goldrich deposits of the now-famous Witwatersrand Basin. The story of gold is also the story of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Latilla; Yeshiel Panchia
ISBN: 9781775846178 1775846172
OCLC Number: 1082574233
Description: 158 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 x 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Maps --
Central Johannesburg --
Newtown --
Braamfontein --
Hillbrow --
Doornfontein --
Berea --
Bertrams and Troyeville --
Observatory --
Kensington --
Jeppestown --
Turffontein --
Fordsburg --
Pageview --
Sophiatown --
Melville --
Houghton --
Parktown --
Westcliff --
Parkview --
Illovo.
Responsibility: Marc Latilla ; colour photography by Yeshiel Panchia.

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"In less than a century, the jumble of shabby tents and lean-tos that constituted Johannesburg's first settlement has grown into a modern metropolis of towering office buildings, high-rise apartments and sprawling suburbs. Its rapid development has been in no small measure the result of the fabulous wealth that lay in the goldrich deposits of the now-famous Witwatersrand Basin. The story of gold is also the story of Johannesburg, and in a fascinating series of photographic juxtapositions, Johannesburg Then and Now chronicles the city's expansion from dusty mining camp to economic powerhouse. Rare archival photographs, dating from the 1880s to the 1940s, are contrasted with vivid scenes of the modern city, providing a hitherto-untold portrait of the City of Gold. Where possible, the modern-day photographs have been shot from the same locations as the originals. Detailed captions provide fascinating comparisons between the old and the new, while also illuminating features that have remained the same. Johannesburg Then and Now is a superb collection of images and text that will delight both locals and visitors."--Publisher's description.

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