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There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th
anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with
then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station:
https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21

At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there
are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower tracks. The
skill of the presentation of the original 'look' is very apparent.

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On 10/01/2021 10:36, Recliner wrote:
There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th
anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with
then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station:
https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21

At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there
are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower tracks. The
skill of the presentation of the original 'look' is very apparent.


Nice comparison of pictures.

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Graeme Wall wrote:
On 10/01/2021 10:36, Recliner wrote:
There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th
anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with
then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station:
https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21

At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there
are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower tracks. The
skill of the presentation of the original 'look' is very apparent.


Nice comparison of pictures.


Like many paintings the older one exaggerates the cathedrality(?) of the
station. Either that or people were only about 4’ tall 150 years ago.

Sam

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On 10/01/2021 16:24, Sam Wilson wrote:
Graeme Wall wrote:
On 10/01/2021 10:36, Recliner wrote:
There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th
anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with
then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station:
https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21

At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there
are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower tracks. The
skill of the presentation of the original 'look' is very apparent.


Nice comparison of pictures.


Like many paintings the older one exaggerates the cathedrality(?) of the
station. Either that or people were only about 4’ tall 150 years ago.


Very much the former, IIRC it was the Dutch painters who introduced the
style to make cathedral interiors look more impressive.


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Sam Wilson wrote:
Graeme Wall wrote:
On 10/01/2021 10:36, Recliner wrote:
There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th
anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with
then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station:
https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21

At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there
are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower tracks. The
skill of the presentation of the original 'look' is very apparent.


Nice comparison of pictures.


Like many paintings the older one exaggerates the cathedrality(?) of the
station. Either that or people were only about 4’ tall 150 years ago.


Yes, some of the comments mentioned that. I wonder how platform heights
compared then and now? Perhaps they were a bit lower then?

People may indeed have been slightly shorter then, but the artist certainly
seems to have used some licence to make the station look less
claustrophobic. He was probably commissioned by the Metropolitan and duly
flattered his customer's product.




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Sam Wilson wrote:
Graeme Wall wrote:
On 10/01/2021 10:36, Recliner wrote:
There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th
anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with
then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station:
https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21

At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there
are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower tracks. The
skill of the presentation of the original 'look' is very apparent.


Nice comparison of pictures.


Like many paintings the older one exaggerates the cathedrality(?) of the
station. Either that or people were only about 4’ tall 150 years ago.


The average height of a British soldier in the Great War was 5 ft 5 in, and
the average weight was 8 stones. People were considerably smaller in those
days.

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On 10 Jan 2021 16:44:34 GMT
Jeremy Double wrote:
Sam Wilson wrote:
Graeme Wall wrote:
On 10/01/2021 10:36, Recliner wrote:
There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th
anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with
then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station:
https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21

At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there


are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower tracks. The


skill of the presentation of the original 'look' is very apparent.


Nice comparison of pictures.


Like many paintings the older one exaggerates the cathedrality(?) of the
station. Either that or people were only about 4’ tall 150 years ago.


The average height of a British soldier in the Great War was 5 ft 5 in, and
the average weight was 8 stones. People were considerably smaller in those
days.


Isn't that mainly because of the lousy nutrition the working class who made
up most of the soldiers suffered from? I imagine the commissioned officers and
upper classes in general were probably healthier and taller.

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Recliner wrote:
There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th
anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with
then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station:
https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21

At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there
are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower tracks. The
skill of the presentation of the original 'look' is very apparent.


The artist in the first picture has also made the people smaller, which is
evident if you compare the people to the alcoves. Apparently it was a
common trick at the time.


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Anna Noyd-Dryver wrote:
Recliner wrote:
There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th
anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with
then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station:
https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21

At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there
are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower tracks. The
skill of the presentation of the original 'look' is very apparent.


The artist in the first picture has also made the people smaller, which is
evident if you compare the people to the alcoves. Apparently it was a
common trick at the time.


I’ve made the same point in my reply to Graeme. I remember it being
pointed out in a famous painting of, IIRC, the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam,
though I can’t find the actual painting at the momment.

Sam

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Sam Wilson wrote:
Anna Noyd-Dryver wrote:
Recliner wrote:
There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th
anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with
then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station:
https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21

At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there
are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower tracks. The
skill of the presentation of the original 'look' is very apparent.


The artist in the first picture has also made the people smaller, which is
evident if you compare the people to the alcoves. Apparently it was a
common trick at the time.


I’ve made the same point in my reply to Graeme. I remember it being
pointed out in a famous painting of, IIRC, the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam,
though I can’t find the actual painting at the momment.


Yes, I wrote my reply earlier today but then it unfortunately sat in my
outbox until I synced messages again just now!


Anna Noyd-Dryver




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