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Looking into the past

May 9, 2013
From the Looking into the past photo series

From the Looking into the past photo series: Union Square, Washington, DC., original photo from the Library of Congress, modern photo by Jason E Powell

This morning I ran across a wonderful photo project known as Looking into the past by photographers around the world.  In the series we see archival photos superimposed on the same urban spaces – today.

Take a look at a few of my faves, and check out more here:

Caption to the original photo: "Rep. T.S. McMillan of Charleston, S.C. with flappers, Miss Ruth Bennett and Miss Sylvia Clavins, who are doing the Charleston on railing, with U.S. Capitol in background."

Caption to the original photo:
“Rep. T.S. McMillan of Charleston, S.C. with flappers, Miss Ruth Bennett and Miss Sylvia Clavins, who are doing the Charleston on railing, with U.S. Capitol in background.” HA!! Modern photo by Jason E Powell

Miss Atlantic City, Miss Philadelphia and Miss Washington, DC (Margaret Gorman - the first Miss America) gather in front of Union Station in Washington, DC. Original photo taken in 1921.

Pictured here: Miss Atlantic City, Miss Philadelphia and Miss Washington, DC (Margaret Gorman – the first Miss America) gather in front of Union Station in Washington, DC. Original photo taken in 1921. On location photo by Jason E Powell

This is now the Paca House & Garden. The length of the old car vs. the length of the SUV behind this shot is pretty telling. Cars back then were SMALL. Original image taken in 1920, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

This is now the Paca House & Garden.
Original image taken in 1920, courtesy of the Library of Congress. Modern photo by Jason E Powell

No caption provided. Modern photo by Jason E Powell

No caption provided. Modern photo by Jay Diaz

Dakin and Sheridan in Lakeview, Chicago. May 29, 2009, some fifty years after the inset photo was taken. Pictured are left-to-right my father, grandfather, and uncle. That corner has housed a pharmacy, a porn shop, a coffee house, and a taqueria, among other things. Original photo by Chris Gansen.

“Dakin and Sheridan in Lakeview, Chicago. May 29, 2009, some fifty years after the inset photo was taken. Pictured are left-to-right my father, grandfather, and uncle. That corner has housed a pharmacy, a porn shop, a coffee house, and a taqueria, among other things.” Photo by Chris Gansen.

Most likely pointing to the site of the Library-Learning Center (renamed the David A. Cofrin Library in fall 1990).

Most likely pointing to the site of the Library-Learning Center (renamed the David A. Cofrin Library in fall 1990). Photo by UWGB Admissions

Mrs. J.R. Band walks her rabbit in Thomas Circle, Washington, DC in 1911.

Mrs. J.R. Band walks her rabbit in Thomas Circle, Washington, DC in 1911.
On location photo by Jason E Powell

Just a beautiful 1945 summer day in Washington. Modern photo by Jason E Powell

Just a beautiful 1945 summer day in Washington. Modern photo by Jason E Powell

Manly beach, photographed today (13 December 2010) and around 1940. The right hand figure in the small picture is my father, who would have been in his late twenties at the time."

“Manly beach, photographed today (13 December 2010) and around 1940. The right hand figure in the small picture is my father, who would have been in his late twenties at the time.” Photo by Laurie Wilson

All images courtesy of the Looking into the past project.

P.S. Jason E Powell’s photos are available for purchase at his Etsy store.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2013 5:50 pm

    this was amazing!! thanks for sharing!!!

  2. May 11, 2013 9:12 pm

    So creative…

    • May 14, 2013 9:05 am

      Isn’t it great? I’m so excited to see that the idea caught on around the world. So wonderful and sure does bring context to our daily wear & tear on our surroundings.
      -J

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