You may have seen some of the “Then and Now” photo websites and groups such as and Looking Into the Past on Flickr that incorporate the old and new by superimposing historical images atop the same site as it appears today. Try it yourself:

  • Bring a historic photo to the exact location the photo was taken.
  • Hold up the photo at arm’s length, and match up with roof lines, curbs, or other parts of the image that still exist.
  • Then snap a picture with your camera of your hand holding the photo. (more detailed instructions can be found here and here)

It’s an instant portal into the past! A variation on the theme is to insert old into new using Photoshop, or to show the Then and Now side-by-side.