Time Shutter® is an iPhone application that allows people to see what cities and looked like a century ago and how they have changed in slide transitions between past and present, yesterday and today with professional or your own photographs. The free iPhone application Time Shutter® San Francisco and Time Shutter® New York are available in the iTunes store.

Time Shutter® Credits

ISL Consulting

ISL Consulting

ISL Consulting (1993-2013) was a web and mobile application development firm in San Francisco that built software applications for Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized businesses, start-ups and non-profits. It specialized in Drupal, the open-source platform.

The project was conceived by staff in the San Francisco office in 2011 with the support of ClearMetrics in New York.



ClearMetrics was a digital agency based in New York City which specialized in moving the right ideas off the whiteboard and into the real world.

Dinah Darvas, Editor

Dinah Darvas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. After UC Berkeley she managed the family import business and traveled throughout Europe and Russia before turning to editing and writing. Since 2000, Dinah has worked on many content-driven websites Š from educational materials to consumer-oriented health subjects.

Dinah was one of the writers and the editor for the San Francisco Time Shutter app and editor for Time Shutter New York.

Whether you are walking in Manhattan or armchair adventuring, Dinah and the Time Shutter team of researchers and writers hope you enjoy this unique combination of New YorkÕs past and present. They feel certain that youÕll discover as they have, a fascinating mix of architectural prowess, historic events, politics and scandal as you traverse this extraordinary city.

Head Writers

Beth Adelman is a professional writer and editor, a native New Yorker, and an enthusiastic student of New York architecture, culture, and personalities. She lives next to the Brooklyn Bridge, in the shadow of a lot of great New York history.

Alexandra Schwimmer is a born and raised New Yorker who began publishing articles and short stories on the unique history of her city at an early age. Most recently Alexandra directed a documentary film that has been screened at the Big Apple Film Festival and the Manhattan Film Festival. Currently, she is directing, producing, and writing a feature-length documentary film on the topic of stoops in New York City.

Contributing Writers

Kaitlin Walsh, a professional in the entertainment industry, usually focuses on television. However, she also loves writing and history, largely thanks to her grandparents -- one a historian and one a journalist. Currently based in Los Angeles, Kaitlin has lived many places (including New York and London) and has a passion for traveling.

Mike Dressel is a writer based in New York. He has contributed to several online properties as a researcher and editor, including the web-based arts magazine Culturebot.org. He can be found loitering at blog.mikedressel.com.


Steven Chalmers was born and raised in rural Scotland and now resides in Brooklyn. He is a recent graduate of CUNY LaGuardia's Photography Program and is currently working as a freelance photographer. You can see more of his work here.

Brock Manheim is a media production intern with ClearMetrics. During the school year, he attends Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, where he studies international politics and the philosophy of ethics.

Occasional, additional photographs provided by local and enthusiastic contributors.

Early New York Postcard Publishers

Time Shutter® New York features many of the city's biggest and best postcard publishers around 1900. These include Edward H Mitchell, Pacific Novelty Company, the Detroit Publishing Co., Cardinell-Vincent Co., Richard Behrendt, E.C. Kropp & Co., Newman Postcard Co., Britton & Rey, Charles Weidner, Souvenir Publishing Co., and others. Images scanned and restored by Photo Grafix in Chicago.

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