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Bombed Out: Liverpool Then and Now Photographs.

Bombed Out: Liverpool Then and Now Photographs.

Above Photo: Waterloo Seafront in Liverpool, in the early 1900s and today (Keith Jones)

One of the contemporary Liverpool photographers whose work I’m looking forward to illustrating future Bombed Out! articles with is Keith Jones, who has kindly permitted me to use his photos.

(Click to enlarge all of the photos below)

The Liver, a pub in Waterloo, Liverpool, gets a few mentions in bombed Out!, seen here in the 1920s and today.

My former boozer, The Liver, a pub in Waterloo, Liverpool, gets a few mentions in Bombed Out!, seen here in the 1920s and today. (Keith Jones)

Keith specializes in “Then and Now” Liverpool photography, as can be seen in the photos accompanying this article, all of which show places relevant to events in my book, and which are referred to in it, sometimes frequently.

Who in their right minds would authorised those disgusting, crappy looking buildings to blight the Albert Dock area? Canning Dock area, Liverpool, in 1880 and today.

Who in their right minds would authorise those disgusting, crappy looking buildings to blight the Dock area? Canning Dock area, Liverpool, in 1880 and today. (Keith Jones).

One of the reasons I like Keith’s images is because they provide a strong visual reminder that the streets we walk on today and the buildings we use today were walked on and used by people from other generations, and while this observation might sound like a trite load of bollocks, it is still nonetheless true and I think the concept comes through powerfully in Keith’s images.

St John's Gardens, Liverpool, in 1907 and today. These gardens play a big role in the unfolding of events in Bombed Out!

St John’s Gardens, Liverpool, in 1907 and today. These gardens play an unlikely but major role in the unfolding of events in Bombed Out! (Keith Jones)

That same reflection is especially relevant for the narrative in Bombed Out!, which is set mostly on the streets of Liverpool city centre, Liverpool’s Dock Road, and the suburbs of Waterloo, Crosby and Aigburth, and, later, in another UK city, as I struggled through the economic disaster that blighted Liverpool in the late 1970s and early 1980s under the Conservative government led by Margaret Thatcher.

The Albert Dock - also mentioned in Bombed Out!. Shown here in the 1930s, when Liverpool's docks were still busy, and today.

The Albert Dock – also mentioned in Bombed Out!. Shown here in the 1930s, when Liverpool’s docks were still busy, and today. (Keith Jones)

Back then, I was always conscious of the ‘Older’ Liverpool represented in the buildings and the docks, especially when I was in the bands and hanging around Mathew Street and other places in the city centre.

Mathew Street, former home of Eric's Club and Liverpool's New Wave band scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, shown here in 1981 and today. (Keith Jones).A cosniderable portion of Bombed Out! is "set" in establishments around this area.

Mathew Street, former home of Eric’s Club and Liverpool’s New Wave band scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, shown here in 1981 and today. A considerable portion of Bombed Out! is “set” in establishments around this area. (Keith Jones)

That’s why I like Keith Jones’s images, as they take people back into older periods of Liverpool’s past and allow viewers to compare the old streetscapes to those existing in the present day.

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Another view of the Waterloo seafront. Even the church int he background gets a mention in Bombd Out, as do the two tower blocks top its right. Shown here in 1914 and today (Keith Jones)

Another view of the Waterloo seafront. Even the church in the background gets a mention in Bombed Out!, as do the two tower blocks to its right. Shown here in 1914 and today (Keith Jones)

For more Then and Now photos on this site also: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/locations/bombed-out-liverpool-then-and-now-photos-2/

And: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/history/erics-club-located-in-pluckington-alley-liverpool/

George's Dock in 1875 and today. The road and the area in the modern photo is also frequently referred to in Bombed Out! (Keith Jones)

George’s Dock in 1875 and today. The road and the area in the modern-day photo is also frequently referred to in Bombed Out! (Keith Jones)

To see more of Keith’s excellent photos go to his Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolThenAndNow

or to his Flikr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keithjones84/page1/

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