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Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell
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Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

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If you remember “Pencil versus Camera” project by Ben Heine then this is something really similar, however this time Jason Powell allows us to look back into the past through the lens of historical photos.

Images are made by finding old pictures of places, printing them out, and then holding the print up in the modern day location that the original photograph was taken. Jason says that so far, most of the vintage photos have been available for free at the Library of Congress.

“Looking Into the Past” vintage photography project was inspired both by his love of history and Michael Hughes’ Souvenirs, and has already been featured on Wired, blog.flickr.net, NPR, DCist, Digg, Reddit and numerous other places of good repute.

The artist still continues to add new photos of historical events and places of the past to his series and even created a flickr group for people who want to do similar then-and-now pictures.

Website: jasonepowell.com

Inlet Bridge, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken around 1921, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Newsie, Willard Hotel, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original image taken on April 14, 1912, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

F St. NW, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken in 1920, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Thomas Circle, Washington, DC

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Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken in 1911, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Main Street, Annapolis, MD

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original image taken in 1964, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Boy Scouts, US Capitol, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken in 1941, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

7th Street, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

16th Street NW, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

US Capitol Under Construction, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken in 1863, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Beauty Pageant Winners, Union Station, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken in 1921, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Easter Egg Roll at the US Capitol

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken in 1924, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original image taken in 1920, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Congressional Hog Calling, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken on 6/9/1937, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

1317½ 14th Street, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken in 1911, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

March on Washington, August 28, 1963

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken by Warren Leffler, August 28, 1963, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Kenmore Dedication, Fredericksburg, VA

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken on 5/9/1925, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Newsies, US Capitol

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

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Original image taken by Lewis Wickes Hine in April of 1912, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Women Demonstrating for Right to Vote, White House

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken in February, 1917, courtesy of the Library of Congress

Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg, VA

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original photo taken in 1920, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Willard Hotel, Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

17th Street, Washington DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

King Street, Leesburg, VA

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Carvel Hall, Annapolis, MD

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

Original image taken in 1920, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Union Station Square, Washington, DC

Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

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