Then and Now – Binondo Canal Lift Bridge
Posted by BCS on November 24, 2008
I thought I was not going to be able to post this particular entry as I’ve not heard from the University of Washington Libraries since I sent them my formal request (for permission to use the old image) close to a month ago.
However, quite unexpectedly, I received a letter from them last Wednesday granting me the permission I requested. For this, I thank Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator of the University of Washington Libraries.
If you’ve seen my earlier post on the Binondo Canal, the photos above are towards the other direction of the photos on that post.
If you look closely at the center of the old image, you’ll notice a steel-frame structure spanning the canal/estero… that is a “lift bridge”. I’ve seen some close-up shots of the bridge somewhere, unfortunately I haven’t been able to obtain permissions to post them.
Anyway, the only information I can find on the “lift bridge” is from the ICOMOS Philippines blog/website which states:
“Covering only a small distance, roughly about 15 meters, the bridge over the Estero de Binondo in Manila is unique due to its ability to lift its platform from the ground to accommodate passing boats or cascos. The Lift Bridge inaugurated in 1913 was the only one of its kind in the country. Spared from the destruction that befell most of colonial Manila during the Liberation, the Lift Bridge of Estero de Binondo was until recently the only link to both banks of the estero along Calle Dasmariñas until, its subsequent replacement by the most beautiful of all DPWH bridges, the standard concrete bridge.”
Note: Conditions for the use of the old image as stipulated in the letter received from the University of Washington Libraries:
“[Permission is granted for] non-exclusive rights for one-time use of the University of Washington Libraries image INC0069 (Binondo Canal) for use in the Then and Now – Binondo Canal Lift Bridge website.
“The image is licensed to be used only by [BCS] for use in the website Then and Now – Binondo Canal Lift Bridge or for promotional materials related to it. The image on the website shall appear no larger than 72 dpi if shown as a still image, and the image may not be reused, sold, altered, or loaned without written permission of the University of Washington Libraries.”