This page will complete the "Then and Now's" of Rio de Janeiro. The New pictures were taken on the 25th and 26th of May, 2007.
I have done most of the pictures in "black and white" and color.
This first picture was printed in a book from 1939, called "Travel in Brazil". This was an official book printed by Brazil, to be distributed at the World's Fair in New York City, in 1940. I could not get permission to enter the Gavea Country Club, so we had to seek an alternative approach to getting the picture. About 4 holes of the golf course are located across the highway from the main section of the Country Club. I gave the guard which protects the Golf Cart path, from one side of the road, to the other, $5.00 to stick my head through the golf cart exit. I ran about 100 yards across the fairway and snapped the new picture. I actually needed to go about 300 yards farther, but I did not want to get the guard in trouble, as we were already told by the security manager that we could not enter, unless we got the Country Clubs owner to give us permission.
This next picture was a lot of fun to obtain. I had read many books which talked about the Golden Age of flying, when Pan American Airline used to fly float planes to Rio de Janeiro from Miami, Florida. Pan Am had their offices in the "A Noite" building. But I had no pictures of the building. Only pictures taken from the "A Noite" building. So as we rode around town I was looking for the "View" from the Noite building. Using "Google Earth", we located where the building was. It is not marked as the Noite Building, but is now a government building. We walked in, not expecting to gain entry, based on our total lack of Portuguese. We just showed the guards some of the "Then and Now's" we had already taken earlier in the day, then showed the guards the picture from the roof of the Noite Building. Five minutes later we were invited to visit the roof of the building. This building was the tallest building in South America in 1928, when it was built (22 floors). It lost the title in 1936, when the Edificio Kavanaugh, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was completed in 1936 with 29 floors (we covered the history of the Kavanaugh building on one of the Argentina pages). The Kavanaugh remained the tallest building until 1947, when the Banespa building was completed in Sao Paulo, Brazil (we also visited the roof of the Banespa building when in Sao Paulo). The Banespa building was the tallest concrete structure until 1962.
The guards were excited about our interest in their building.
This is the picture which was in the 1939 book, "Travel to Brazil". There were no ships at the dock when we were on the roof.
Two days later, as we were leaving Rio de Janeiro, there were cargo ships tied up to the dock.
The freeway, which they squeezed in, sure detracts from the view!
Looking the opposite direction (south), while on top of the "A Noite" building, you can see a few of the Favale's of Rio de Janeiro.
And looking east from the top of the "A Noite" building, towards the old downtown of Rio de Janeiro.
The following pictures were all taken from the top of Corcovado, in Rio de Janeiro. The old photos are from 1907, 1911, 1916, 1932, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1949 and 1978. I hope they do not bore you too much.
If so, you can scroll to the next part of the adventure -- Sandy and I hang glide for the first time ever!
The first picture taken from the top of Corcovado is from 1907. It is from the book called "Continent of Opportunity", by Francis Clark.
And the following picture is almost a duplicate of the picture above. Between the 1907 and 1911 photo there was not a lot of growth in Rio de Janeiro.
The following picture is from Hiram Bingham's book, "Across South America", written in 1911. You may recognize Hiram Bingham's name, as he is the person that discovered Machu Picchu, in Peru, during the adventure written about in this book.
And in 2007!
You can see that on the left side of Sugar Loaf (the area is called Urca), most of the land was created since 1911!
In 1916 J.A. Zahm published a booked called "Through South America's Southland". Corcovado has been recently restored and the walkway pictured below has been widened. I would guess that it is now nearly twice as wide as it was back in 1916! And it appears that it is 20 times as busy!
From the book "South America Lights and Shadows", by Kasimir Edwards (1932).
From "Travel in Brazil" (1939).
Copacabana is the long beach in the upper right hand corner.
Notice the growth in Copacabana!
Also from "Travel in Brazil", a picture of Corcovado..............
Sydney Clark's book "East Coast of South America", printed in 1940 had this picture.....
We had another "Then and Now" which was taken from the far left end of the white beach in the foreground (reference my new picture). It was tough to match the camera angles. Now I know why. If you look at my new picture and compare it to the old picture, you can see that there is land fill in front of the tall white buildings at the far left side of the white beach.
John Rich took most of the pictures in his 1942 book, "The Face of South America", from airplanes.
This is one of the few pictures taken from the ground. Notice how the Favales have filled in the canyons of Rio!
"By Pan-American Highway". written in 1943 by Herbert Lanks.
Willard Price, in 1948, wrote "Roving South".
You can see in this "Then and Now", that many of the apartments on the far left of the photo were built prior to 1948.
On the 27th of May, Sandy and I rode to the top of a peak, where we planned on Hang Gliding on the 28th, IF the weather was good. We then rode narrow roads to the back side of Corcovado (we later found out that we rode through some dangerous areas). We came around a corner, and stumbled on another "Then and Now" which I had given up on. The sun was in the wrong spot. Many times we return to a spot to take pictures, but in this case we found out it was not smart to return, so here is what we have! The fence is different, but you can still clearly make out a "knoll" which is just above the bottom rail of the old fence. Now the Knoll can be seen above the fence.
That is it for the "Then and Now's" of Rio de Janeiro.
The next page will start on the 28th of May, with Sandy and I Hang Gliding!
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