Google Street View now lets you 'go back in time' to view previous captures of a place

"If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image," explain the Googles, "click on it and move the slider through time and select a thumbnail to see that same place in previous years or seasons."

This is kind of neat. From the Official Google Blog: "Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We've gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world."

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  1. I will soon be able to view the tree in front of my porch reassemble in the street, and rise up into place, after a wind storm.

    Its hummingbird will alight in it again.

    Then my car will come back. A drunk driver totaled it while I was working at G, in Mountain View. Great food; custom sourced and everything. Organization for organization's sake, folks!

  2. Eventually I expect them to have collected and published all the old aerial photos (dating to the 1920's and 30s through present) as well as the old fire insurance maps and whatever else it out there and add it to maps.

  3. Will the past be in black and white?

  4. What is the building shown? It looks like something Snow Crash.

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