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The structure and sights of Cape Town and surrounds have changed immensely over the years. These photos below will certainly stir some memories in Capetonians and visitors from decades ago.

Further historical photos can be seen in our history section.

Aerial photos of Cape Town can be seen in our Aerial Photos Gallery

If you would like to supply old photos of Cape Town to appear on this page, please email these pics to info@tourismincapetown.co.za.

Adderley Street (CBD) - Grand Hotel on immediate right. Remember the old Christmas decorations?

Adderley Street (CBD) - Grand Hotel on immediate right. Remember the old Christmas decorations?

DF Malan Airport (now Cape Town International Airport) - clearly before it became an international one - so where did that US Air Force Skymaster come from? The plane to the right is probably a British Viscount.

The Old Cable Car

Hout Bay

Hospital Bend - De Waal Drive

Cape Town Foreshore with SA Vaal docking after voyage from Southampton.
Sanlam building centre stage, then tallest in Cape Town, beating both the Old Mutual Building and General Post Office.

Kalk Bay Harbour. Notice the American 'pick-up trucks': GMC, Ford, Chevrolet, etc!

The N1 to Johannesburg

Newlands Cricket Ground when sitting 'under the oaks' meant exactly that.

Newlands Rugby Ground next door to Newlands Cricket Ground - looking south with the Grandstand on the right.

Muizenberg Pavilion in its heyday.

Sea Point Pavilion still in pristine condition

Cape Town Railway Station - note the model steam engine on display beneath the Suburban Line. Departure board. You stuck a penny or cent in the slot and the wheels went round. 

A Total Garage in Sea Point from back in the day when petrol was about 25 cents a gallon or 5 cents or even less per litre!  

Click here for more photos of Old Cape Town

Click here for classic photos of a very old Cape Town (2MB PDF download).

Click here for more classic photos of a very old Cape Town (622KB PDF download)

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