Since I have been living in the past for awhile, first working on the church history project and now writing an historical novel, I became excited when the 1940 census was released this past week. I could actually look up people about whom I have been writing. There are maps, too, and that is what I find the most exciting. What did Fresno look like in 1940?
A couple of weeks ago I looked up the addresses of the original Allied Arts Girls and then Googled the addresses, using street view to see what the houses look like today. I even went out to these places and wandered around a bit, trying to get a feel for the neighborhoods in which these women lived. I took some pictures to give you an idea. Although still there, the houses probably don’t look like they did in 1940. I wish Google could use the old maps and census information to make street view maps for that time period. That would really be useful to me.