I got this postcard on EBay because the details are sharp and it shows The Times Building before it was blown up in 1910. The picture was most likely taken from the beautiful old courthouse farther north on Broadway that was demolished.
So I thought it would be fun to compare it with the way it looks on Google Earth.
The gray “ghost” building on the right represents the Cold War monstrosity that was demolished after being damaged in the Northridge earthquake. At the moment, it’s a big hole in the ground that collects rainwater and is growing weeds.
One landmark is clearly visible in both pictures: The Bradbury Building!
The Bradbury is partially visible behind City Hall (the brick structure with the tower) in the upper-left quadrant. The dome of the old Times Building at 1st Street and Broadway is almost in the center of the image.
And there’s the Bradbury as seen from space, via Google Earth. Neat, huh?