The subreddit r/OldPhotosInRealLife is pretty much the closest thing we have to a time machine. Its 596k members are constantly comparing past and present through rephotography — the act of taking a photo of a place that has already been photographed before. The end result is like a portal, fusing together two different periods.

After we at Bored Panda published our first story on this online community, we've kept an eye on it and quickly realized that its earlier posts weren't a fluke. From overgrown Machu Picchu in 1915 compared to the site in 2020 to visitors in The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in 1910 and 2019, r/OldPhotosInRealLife consistently features interesting angles, presenting things in a different perspective to the one we're used to.

#1

The Big Oak; Thomasville, Ga (1895/2020)

The Big Oak; Thomasville, Ga (1895/2020)

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Jihana
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3 months ago

Wow, that is one AWESOME tree!

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#2

My Family Farm C.1900/2000. It Was In Our Family For 125 Years. My Childhood Bedroom Window Is In The Top Center. It Was Also My Father’s And My Grandfather’s Bedroom

My Family Farm C.1900/2000. It Was In Our Family For 125 Years. My Childhood Bedroom Window Is In The Top Center. It Was Also My Father’s And My Grandfather’s Bedroom

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Paul C.
Community Member
3 months ago

A beautiful home, both then and now.

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As I wrote in my previous piece, most of these photos portray not only the passage of time but human progress as well. City skylines keep expanding, people within them switch from horses to cars... But that's just the visuals. How do we actually calculate our advancement?

For this task, many use the Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI provides a single index measure to capture three key dimensions of our development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living.

#3

Ancient Greece Before And After Excavation

Ancient Greece Before And After Excavation

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Debbie Barnes
Community Member
3 months ago

You would never have thought that nature would completely cover a Colosseum to that extent. You can almost hear the roars of the crowds and imagine scenes from a different world..

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#4

Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship

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Abhinc
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

in 1993 a house designed by Philippe STARCK was sold by "les 3 SUISSES" (a French mail order and e-commerce company). they sadly economically failed. they had plans for the following years to work with Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Aldo Rossi. 0ea9e2fbcf...49a4b6.jpg 0ea9e2fbcf4cca6bc56164aba900d394-6152d8149a4b6.jpg

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The Human Development Index utilizes four key metrics:

  • life expectancy at birth – to assess a long and healthy life,
  • expected years of schooling – to assess access to knowledge for the young generation, 3) average years of schooling – to assess access to knowledge for the older generation, 4) gross national income (GNI) per capita – to assess the standard of living.
#5

Here Is My Great Great Grandfather’s Nashville House In 1896, Two Years Before My Grandfather Was Born. This Picture Has Always Been In The Family Of Course, But Only Today Did I Use Google Maps To Look Up The Address And Find It How It Looks Today. I’m Thrilled That I Found It.

Here Is My Great Great Grandfather’s Nashville House In 1896, Two Years Before My Grandfather Was Born. This Picture Has Always Been In The Family Of Course, But Only Today Did I Use Google Maps To Look Up The Address And Find It How It Looks Today. I’m Thrilled That I Found It.

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Jean Yselle
Community Member
3 months ago

Beautiful!

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#6

The Golden Cross Inn, Coventry. 1819 vs. Now.

The Golden Cross Inn, Coventry. 1819 vs. Now.

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Susie Elle
Community Member
3 months ago

Mesmerizing

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In 2019, the United Nations Development Programme used the HDI to find out which countries are the most developed. The first place went to Norway, Switzerland came in second, and Ireland was third. The US tied the UK for the 15th spot.

Naturally, the HDI -- just like most similar metrics -- has been criticized. Mostly, for the alleged lack of consideration of technological development or contributions to human civilization. But it remains one of the most used measures worldwide to calculate how advanced countries are. Until rephotography takes over!

#7

Visitors In The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Viewing Painting (Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing The Delaware - 1851) 1910 And 2019

Visitors In The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Viewing Painting (Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing The Delaware - 1851) 1910 And 2019

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the child
Community Member
3 months ago

i love how the photo was edited

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#8

The Berlin Wall Fell 31 Years Ago Today!

The Berlin Wall Fell 31 Years Ago Today!

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Abhinc
Community Member
3 months ago

i saw its demolition on tv as a child !! one a my most powerful memory

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#9

Hiroshima 75 Years Ago

Hiroshima 75 Years Ago

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N G
Community Member
3 months ago

from the air it looks so peaceful now

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#10

Machu Picchu, Peru. 1915 & 2020

Machu Picchu, Peru. 1915 & 2020

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Abhinc
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

and tourism is destroying Machu Pichu !! Desecration of burial sites and the removal and display of human remains to further stimulate tourism has contributed to the destruction of the Indian spiritual heritage in the area

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#11

Amazing Looking Home Restored In Detroit. 1993 And Now.

Amazing Looking Home Restored In Detroit. 1993 And Now.

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Luna
Community Member
3 months ago

... And the ugly buildings coming up behind it.

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#12

Czech Out Prague 1910 And 2020

Czech Out Prague 1910 And 2020

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Couch potato
Community Member
3 months ago

The first photo is what claustrophobic people wished it looked like in the second photo

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#13

Milan, Italy 1950s And 2021

Milan, Italy 1950s And 2021

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Abhinc
Community Member
3 months ago

certainly one of the most stunning cathedrals worldwide !!

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#14

Hick's Court, St Ives, England - 1888 And Today

Hick's Court, St Ives, England - 1888 And Today

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Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, StreetView was around in 1888. LOL

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#15

English Tank In The Streets Of My Town, 1945-2021

English Tank In The Streets Of My Town, 1945-2021

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Karin Jansen
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm a simple person. I see the Netherlands, I upvote.

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#16

Town Square In Uelzen, Lower Saxony, Germany- During The Battle Of The Rhine, April 1945 And 2021

Town Square In Uelzen, Lower Saxony, Germany- During The Battle Of The Rhine, April 1945 And 2021

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the child
Community Member
3 months ago

scary

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#17

Van Gogh’s ‘Cafe Terrace At Night’ From 1888 And Present

Van Gogh’s ‘Cafe Terrace At Night’ From 1888 And Present

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

Same colours too !

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#18

Today vs. Childhood Memory

Today vs. Childhood Memory

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Debbie Barnes
Community Member
3 months ago

That is literally the nearest you'll get to a time machine. I love this..

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#19

In 2005, Some Friends And I Found The Road To Jabba's Palace Off Twenty Mule Team Canyon In Death Valley, Ca

In 2005, Some Friends And I Found The Road To Jabba's Palace Off Twenty Mule Team Canyon In Death Valley, Ca

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Amina Hays
Community Member
3 months ago

That's so ace.

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#20

Church St. Martin In Cologne, Germany 1946 And 2021

Church St. Martin In Cologne, Germany 1946 And 2021

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Isabella
Community Member
3 months ago

I continue to be amazed on how Germans rebuild their country after the war.

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#21

Theodore Roosevelt Would Be Proud.

Theodore Roosevelt Would Be Proud.

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

You can actually see where some parts of the falls have worn away in 115 years. Not a huge amount, but noticeable if you look close enough.

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#22

Curtiss C-46 Commando, One Of Pablo Escobar / Carlos Lehder’s Drug Smuggling Planes Near Norman’s Cay In The Bahamas, After 35 Years Submerged In Saltwater

Curtiss C-46 Commando, One Of Pablo Escobar / Carlos Lehder’s Drug Smuggling Planes Near Norman’s Cay In The Bahamas, After 35 Years Submerged In Saltwater

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KJ
Community Member
3 months ago

That will buff out.

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#23

The Royal Crescent, Bath, UK. 1829-2020. Built 1774

The Royal Crescent, Bath, UK. 1829-2020. Built 1774

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Abhinc
Community Member
3 months ago

it looks like it's one huge building but in fact it is 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent. it is one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom, by architect John Wood, the Younger.

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#24

The Main Entrance To The City, York, England 1865 - 2015

The Main Entrance To The City, York, England 1865 - 2015

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Paul C.
Community Member
3 months ago

You can walk the walls surrounding the city centre and every so often there is a visitors book. Hundreds of years of vibrant history in every nook and cranny and my brother in-law wrote, and I quote "very nice!"

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#25

It Hasn't Changed Much In 157 Years, Aside From The Platform Height And Electrification. The World's Oldest Undeground Station, Baker Street! *saxophone Plays In The Distance*

It Hasn't Changed Much In 157 Years, Aside From The Platform Height And Electrification. The World's Oldest Undeground Station, Baker Street! *saxophone Plays In The Distance*

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Roxy Eastland
Community Member
3 months ago

It's easy to criticise the London Underground, e.g. why isn't it running 24 hours a day in this day and age? So it's worth being reminded just how old it is and what the expectations were when it was built. It doesn't have double tracks, so one can keep the service running while the other is being maintained at night, because no one in 1863 anticipated hoards of people wanting to travel around London at 3.30am

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#26

Court Of The Lions, Granada, Spain - 1840 And Today

Court Of The Lions, Granada, Spain - 1840 And Today

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

This is truly beautiful.

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#27

Abandoned Restaurant In Petrópolis, Brazil (1960's And 2013)

Abandoned Restaurant In Petrópolis, Brazil (1960's And 2013)

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Lisa Simpson
Community Member
3 months ago

What a pity

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#28

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland - C.1847 And Today

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland - C.1847 And Today

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Susie Elle
Community Member
3 months ago

Love Edinburgh

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#29

Unfinished Manhattan Bridge In 1908 And Now

Unfinished Manhattan Bridge In 1908 And Now

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N G
Community Member
3 months ago

It was originally built as a star gate, but it was later converted to a bridge

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#30

Buenos Aires, Argentina [1925, 1980, 2002, 2021]

Buenos Aires, Argentina [1925, 1980, 2002, 2021]

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
3 months ago

Glad they removed all the advertising crap.

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#31

Kraków, Poland (1939 And 2010s)

Kraków, Poland (1939 And 2010s)

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

So happy they kept the electric trolleys, instead of converting to stinky busses.

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#32

Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur, India. 1798 Lithograph By Thomas Daniell And 2016. Built Between 1003-1010

Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur, India. 1798 Lithograph By Thomas Daniell And 2016. Built Between 1003-1010

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

Second picture needs the palm trees from the first picture.

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#33

Arch Of Constantine In Rome, 1943 (Taken By My Grandfather), And What It Looks Like Today

Arch Of Constantine In Rome, 1943 (Taken By My Grandfather), And What It Looks Like Today

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Nugua Nugua
Community Member
3 months ago

Planting those trees really paid off.

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#34

Stonehenge: 1877 And 2019

Stonehenge: 1877 And 2019

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Ranch Dressing
Community Member
3 months ago

How did they get the stones on top of the others?

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#35

Woodstock Festival Site- 1969 / 2020

Woodstock Festival Site- 1969 / 2020

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the child
Community Member
3 months ago

in all the photos it never really occured to me how much space they actually needed because it's covered by people. woodstock is legendary for good reason

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#36

St Francis Of Assisi Church

St Francis Of Assisi Church

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Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

That's an awfully good photograph for 1880!

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#37

A Former Public Bath In Wuppertal, Germany, Now A Brewery And Beer Hall. 1993 vs. 2019

A Former Public Bath In Wuppertal, Germany, Now A Brewery And Beer Hall. 1993 vs. 2019

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Sabse
Community Member
3 months ago

Really cool and well made!

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#38

Hong Kong’s Kowloon Peninsula 1964 - 2016

Hong Kong’s Kowloon Peninsula 1964 - 2016

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Couch potato
Community Member
3 months ago

This one really makes me sad 😢

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#39

Trains At Harper's Ferry, Wv In 1947 And 2021. The 1947 Image Taken By Ed Wittekind, 2021 Image Shot By Me In The Same Exact Spot

Trains At Harper's Ferry, Wv In 1947 And 2021. The 1947 Image Taken By Ed Wittekind, 2021 Image Shot By Me In The Same Exact Spot

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Inga Paškevičiūtė
Community Member
3 months ago

The second one was blinded by the first one

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#40

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

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the child
Community Member
3 months ago

i'm gonna say it... it looked better without their faces

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