Years come and go while the place we call home changes. Buildings sprout up and others fall away, but one thing always remains the same: the beauty of Cape Town.

As we look back over the decades come and gone, we get a look at a slightly different picture of the city as we know it today, but it is no-less filled with Mother City charm.

Flower-sellers line up outside the post office on Adderly Street in the 1940s.

Elephants saunter around the Foreshore in 1972 when the circus was in town.

Groote Schuur Hospital sits nestled against the mountain in the 1940s.

A classic view of the Foreshore in 1972.

Happy beachgoers frolic along the shore as young children dip their toes in the icy waters at Fish Hoek some time in the 1940s.

Seaforth in earlier times.

Maitland Station in the early ’70s.

A local taking a stroll down Waterkant Street in the early ’70s.

Families gather to see the animals at Groote Schuur Zoo in 1951.


Pictures: Cape Town Down Memory Land/Jan Greshoff Photography

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