Cape Town like you’ve never seen it before: 1940 – 1980
Cape Town has been voted as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and these vintage photos show the city in a way you’ve never seen – or at the very least, don’t remember.
Wale Street, Cape Town
An early view of Wale Street showing, at left, St. George's Cathedral. The bell tower, which is prominent in this photograph, was demolished in 1952 after it became unsafe. The first building on the right is now the Taj Hotel while the building in the middle distance at right is the present day Mandela-Rhodes building. Part of Signal Hill can be seen in the background.
Cape Town: The Bark "William Hales" Towing Out of Port in 1886
The featured vessel in this painting is the American bark, William Holes. She was rounding the Cape of Good Hope from Singapore en route to New York when she went aground on a reef off Struis Point. The ships' log reveals the predicament. "Put in leaky. Struck reef off Struis Point and bumped very heavily. After setting all sail ship came off. Found her making water rapidly. All hands worked pumps. Water gained rapidly so made for Table Bay as vessel could not have kept afloat much longer."…