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]
2. Three women on Fisken Street footbridge, Werribee River, Victoria, Australia. [ca. 1890-ca. 1915]
3. Rapidly flowing river through gully, wooden bridge over river, England. [ca. 1890-ca. 1900]
4. Botanical Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria. Australia. [ca. 1885]
5. Man walking across road bridge and passing street lamp in Daylesford Victoria, Australia. [ca. 1890-ca. 1915]
6. Women crossing small wooden bridge with sloping rock face in front of them, England. [ca. 1920-ca. 1935]
7. Po Lam Bridge Amoy, China. [1875-1964]
8. View of bridge with heavy balustrade, Guangzhou, China. [1875-1964]
9. Railway Bridge. Country Victoria, Australia. [ca. 1890-ca. 1915]
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]