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10 Rare and Beautiful Photos of Bridges Frozen in Time

Bridge by Mount Buffalo, Victoria, Australia. (Image: State Library Victoria)
Bridge by Mount Buffalo, Victoria, Australia. (Image: State Library Victoria)

I love a good bridge.

Along with archival photographs, they have a soft spot in my heart.

I see old bridges as the closest I may ever get to time travel.

So with the combination of both bridges and historic photos, and with thanks to the State Library of Victoria’s collection of newly released, copyright-free vintage photographs, I have dug up 10 of the most intriguing bridge snaps of bridges from the archives.

The State Library of Victoria have almost 200,000 historical images that are copyright free and the collection is growing. So it’s definitely a place you can use as a resource, or spend hours browsing and find yourself lost in the time machine of imagined history. See www.slv.vic.gov.au.

1. Man posing by ornamental lake, with rustic iron bridge. [ca. 1890-ca. 1915]

(Image: State Library of Victoria)

Rustic iron bridge. (Image: State Library of Victoria)

2. Three women on Fisken Street footbridge, Werribee River, Victoria, Australia. [ca. 1890-ca. 1915]

(Image: State Library of Victoria)

Fisken St. footbridge, Werribee River, Victoria, Australia. (Image: State Library of Victoria)

3. Rapidly flowing river through gully, wooden bridge over river, England. [ca. 1890-ca. 1900]

(Image: State Library of Victoria)

Wooden bridge over river in England. (Image: State Library of Victoria)

4. Botanical Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria. Australia. [ca. 1885] 

(Image: State Library of Victoria)

Bridge in Botanical Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (Image: Daniel McDonald/State Library of Victoria)

5. Man walking across road bridge and passing street lamp in Daylesford Victoria, Australia. [ca. 1890-ca. 1915]

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Bridge in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia. (Image: State Library of Victoria)

6. Women crossing small wooden bridge with sloping rock face in front of them, England. [ca. 1920-ca. 1935]

(Image: State Library of Victoria)

Women crossing small wooden bridge in England. (Image: State Library of Victoria)

7. Po Lam Bridge Amoy, China. [1875-1964] 

(Image: State Library of Victoria)

Po Lam bridge in Amoy, China. (Image: Arthur William Purnell/State Library of Victoria)

8. View of bridge with heavy balustrade, Guangzhou, China. [1875-1964] 

(Image:State Library of Victoria)

Bridge in Guangzhou, China. (Image: Arthur William Purnell/State Library of Victoria)

9. Railway Bridge. Country Victoria, Australia. [ca. 1890-ca. 1915]

(Image: State Library Victoria)

Railway bridge in country Victoria, Australia. (Image: State Library Victoria)

10. Unidentified young girl standing at lake’s edge holding a stick in the water by bridge. Mount. Buffalo, Victoria, Australia. [ca. 1890-ca. 1930] 

Bridge by Mount Buffalo, Victoria, Australia. (Image: State Library Victoria)

Bridge by Mount Buffalo, Victoria, Australia. (Image: State Library Victoria)

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