Liverpool Blitz, Then & Now

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Liverpool Blitz, Then & Now

This is Sidney Road in Bootle where bombs fell on September 2 1940. Being close to the docks, Bootle got it bad.

I’ve had to clone in part of the roof on the right (it’s far from perfect), the original photo didn’t have that bit and there is now no continuation of the roof. Original image from Liverpool Picturebook (no longer available online as of 2023)

32 comments on “Liverpool Blitz, Then & Now
  1. salfordlad1 says:

    Bloody clever how you do those shots Ian..

  2. nondesigner59 says:

    Fabulous work Ian.. Perfect cloning.

  3. crusader752 says:

    These really are the ‘Dogs Bo**ocks’ Ian ……. brilliant bit o’ferreting around and brings home what people suffered during that terrible time! Love the juxtaposition of the old and the modern cars in there – certainly makes you think!
    PS. mmm …Ian D B …..hah so that’s what the ‘DB’ stands for ! :-)))

  4. Ian D B says:

    [] [] [] Thanks guys.

    Ian Dogs Bollocks! I’m having that!

  5. bill_fawcett says:

    The usual fantastic compositing work Ian! Amazing how you find the locations and match up with the old photos.

  6. stopherjones says:

    Cracking t&n shot, really effective and expertly done. Agree that the car and the pile of rubble help underline the contrast and passing of time

    Ian DB. Nice πŸ˜‰

  7. Jessicasrider says:

    Great work Ian, very cleverly and expertly processed.

  8. gastephen says:

    Another interesting composite, Ian

  9. P_H_I_L_L says:

    I’m truly amazed at how you do these Ian. Do you take a print of the old picture with you and hold it in one hand while looking through the camera?

  10. Orchids love rainwater says:

    This is very clever Ian ! I am amazed at how you married the two images, well done , very intresting shot..Have a great Monday :))

  11. genf says:

    Very convincing montage. A clever image for sure!

  12. Jainbow says:

    I love the way you blend your photos together so smoothly!! Brilliant! :~}

  13. mick cooke says:

    great photo and info Ian , great work on the photo as well

  14. Highy says:

    Great composite job again mate, I love the way that rubble looks like it’s fallen around the Passat as if the Germans wouldn’t attack one of their own cars!

  15. janano2010 says:

    brilliant job. You are very good at this

  16. S Cansfield says:

    Good display of Ghosting, I forgot to upload any more. Will do one now!

  17. stiemer says:

    Nice work again Ian, very interesting.

  18. amyrey says:

    Cool bit of manipulation…..

  19. Steve Graham (formerly 'grahamsj3) says:

    Excellent combination of the old and new.

  20. Billy Currie says:

    Love seeing these Ian, gives us a much better idea of how it was.

  21. stuant63 says:

    Really well done. Can’t imagine the trauma of seeing your own house blown to bits like that – but so many people must have done so.

  22. cgullz says:

    clever compilation – those bricks nicely placed around the VW! great image, sad to see how the building looks now, you’d think for chrissakes they’d rebuild to the original style!? nice to see you back about too, shame i missed you earlier.

  23. Stezzer says:

    Quality mate very well done πŸ™‚

  24. Kingsdude/Dave says:

    Really great series Ian – excellent manipulation of the images :-))

  25. Misses Davies says:

    Very striking work….: )

  26. fleabo says:

    nice blending – almost 3D

  27. Neil Holmes says:

    Great photo work, I do a lot of the same kinds of images for the Merseyside blitz and this is one of the few locations I haven’t tried yet.

    As an aside I think the wartime damage may be a different date though. Sidney Road was hit twice in the Blitz, on the night of the 31st August/1st September 1940 and the night of the 22nd/23rd December 1940. The earlier raid demolished or damaged houses between 70 and 74, but I think these are further down the road, 11-15 or thereabouts if memory serves. The houses on that end of Sidney Road look slightly different to those on the other side of Greenhalgh Road.

  28. Lesley says:

    Hi could I use your blended photos on my fb Bootle Liverpool Blitz page’s ok if you rather not. Lesley

  29. alan roberts says:

    hello or anyone else running the page , just want to give you credit for an awesome page and let you know ive posted links on the hillside high reunion page on facebook and memories of bootle page many thanks for your work and if anyone sees a weirdo with a drone in the next week or so 04/12/2023 its me alan roberts filming quarry road and hillside high.

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