Google Maps Images Become Vintage Postcards

When I first saw these vintage looking postcards, I thought they were just really excellent aerial photographs from yesteryear. Businesses, schools, sports fields and shipping yards dominate the subjects, with faded vintage colors and the marks of swift travels through the post kept the illusion going. The images could easily be from the bustling, expanding world of the 1950s or 1960s… but they’re not.


The work of BBDO NY art director Akos Papp, these images are actually his selections from Google Maps, creatively reworked to look very, very vintage. The transformation is perfect in every way, from the industrial subject matter to the faded coloration and the new angled images Google Maps is sporting these days. Check out Papp’s ongoing series of the images at Postcards From Above.

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