Rephotography is the act of taking a photo of a place that has already been photographed some time ago. While being a challenge for the photographers to recreate all the angles as close as possible to the original, these images also speak wonders about the passage of time.

Whether we're looking at expanding cities or melting glaciers, these side-by-side comparisons tell fascinating stories about the state of the world we live in as well as humanity's abilities to create and destroy.

A few subreddits -- most notably, r/OldPhotosInRealLife -- have created huge archives of these photos, so we're inviting you to take a look at some of the most fascinating ones.

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My Grandfather And I In Tokyo, 73 Years Apart

My Grandfather And I In Tokyo, 73 Years Apart

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Verena Gitterle
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1 month ago

how the tree is grown!

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Looking at some of these photos, human progress seems self-evident. 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.

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The Arctic 103 Years Ago Compared To Today

The Arctic 103 Years Ago Compared To Today

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Erin
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1 month ago

Oh wow....That's more than a bit alarming.

Kittie Lacker
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1 month ago

Yeah.... It's actually really sad.

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DC
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1 month ago

And still, people actively refuse to accept this, refuse to change behaviour even when they themselves would benefit from it, too - and even forge graphs and stuff to be in favor of their ignorance. Even get elected BY being so, not in spite of it. We, humans, suck big time!

Bill Newsome
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1 month ago

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Why is this a problem? I was told global cooling was going to slow crop growth and we all would die. Now, global warming is going to slow crop grow and we all will die. Sounds like emotional liberals and pseudo scientists just want to predict..."everyone's going to die".

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Saico Hipe
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1 month ago

That is pants-crappingly terrifying. The robber-barons have nearly screwed our ecosystem beyond the hope of repair.

Michelle Line
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1 month ago

Makes me want to cry.

Courtney Christelle
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1 month ago

Global warming is a myth!!! (being super sarcastic)

True Blue
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1 month ago

Global Warming people!

Sarcasm101
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1 month ago

It’s real!

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Leslie Burleson
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1 month ago

That is seriously frightening

Beuska
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1 month ago

and that's a big a problem.. :(

Michael McDaniel
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1 month ago

Just wondering if the pictures were taken at the same time of year.

Callie Ge
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1 month ago

That is terrifying

Shelli Aderman
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1 month ago

So sad

Pat Dunham
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1 month ago

So sad

Judi Michelle
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1 month ago

So sad!!!

LaDonna Hulcy
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1 month ago

Sad

Nina Petersen
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1 month ago

Really sad...

Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

This is so sad.

shemeowsalot
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1 month ago

"cLiMaTe cHaNgE dOEs nOt eXisT"

the child
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1 month ago

gLObaL wArMing isN'T rEal!

Eric Roberts
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1 month ago

Badly photo shopped the ice at the peaks are exactly the same

Gigi Baldez
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1 month ago

Extremely sad...................climate change.

Bruce Warren
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1 month ago

Not necessarily concerning-- what did it look like two hundred years or 1000 years before?

Nia Loves Art
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1 month ago

Global warming is very real, but these are in different seasons.

Tim Berglund
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2 weeks ago

As far as I’m concerned, climate change has been around for about four billion years. And the biggest driver of it, by far, is the sun. Not carbon dioxide. Without the sun, earth would be a ball frozen at about two degrees above absolute zero. Not counting the effects of cosmic rays, the planet’s changes in orbit and tilt, the solar system’s rotation around the galaxy, and a score of other critical factors. But these smart climate change people don’t talk about that, because it has nothing to do with controlling the masses....my opinion...

Viv Hart
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1 month ago

Show this to those Global Warming deniers, there is one with Orange hair!

SriGanesh.Ninja
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1 month ago

Golbal Warming is Real - How much us we made this earth.

Michelle Altay-Spooner
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1 month ago

Oh wow! You can very clearly see the effects of climate change!

VesSun
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1 month ago

This. Let it sink in.

Heather Reynolds Atwood
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1 month ago

WOW!!! This photo should be more publicized!!

Ju Li
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1 month ago

This is so sad

Linda Bartlett
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1 month ago

Damn!

Jennifer Foster
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1 month ago

That's sad.. :(

Todd Rayno
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1 month ago

Everybody should look back at the change in earth climates before humans came to the scene. It makes you all look insane

Daniel Callaway
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1 month ago

WOW!

Full Name
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1 month ago

Tell me time of year, THEN I'll get sad.

Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

Scary, and people are still investing in buying seaside villas ... I am with Greta!

Paul ANTONESCU
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1 month ago

This is scarry

Mumof1
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1 month ago

That is scary!

Ann Collingwood
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1 month ago

Terrifying.

Jacquie Gariano
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1 month ago

No climate change, really????

Amy Pontious
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1 month ago

So sad😪!

Arenite
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1 month ago

And we just go on destroying everything. Humans-Nature’s biggest mistake.

Christine Wynn
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1 month ago

Climate change

Jo Ellen Washburn
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1 month ago

So, so sad.

kajoo
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1 month ago

This one hurts.

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
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1 month ago

:(

🍿WhErE iS mY pOpCoRn🍿
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1 month ago

And global warming “isn’t real”

Oskar vanZandt
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1 month ago

Stark reality and result of our industrialised civilisations... green house gases do affect planetary temperatures... have a look at Mars (scientists believe Mars was once similar to earth but its atmosphere and surface water were evaporated away by escalating temperatures).

Erwin Jørgensen
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1 month ago

Scarry.. isn`t it.??

Miss Cris
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1 month ago

Scary.

grey galah
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1 month ago

Global Warming is just the climate changing. Fm

Lydia Coy
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1 month ago (edited)

Smell ice can ya

Melody
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1 month ago

Please... this is just photoshopped😢

Carman Davis
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1 month ago

Different seasons people!! Geez global warming is a hoax. Even if it weren't this photo is of different seasons!!!!

Boel Schenlaer
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1 month ago

Universe takes care of our common Polar ice.

Jeff Scudder
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1 month ago

Cool

Amaranthim Talon
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1 month ago

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Well, the angle is a bit different as well-

Andrew P Jump
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This is not a fair comparison. If you didn't learn in Freshmen year Geology, glaciers grow and retreat with the seasons.

Lori Spins
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1 month ago

As long as snow accumulation equals or is greater than melt and ablation, a glacier will remain in balance or even grow. The causes of widespread retreat are varied, but the underlying primary causes are a warming climate and the effects of increased soot and dust in areas of higher agricultural and industrial activity. https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/glaciers/life-glacier.html

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Scyth
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Global warming is real, but it's not as disastrous as some politicians and news sites would make you feel. For one, tropical forests would cover more ground and deserts will shrink because of increased humidity.

Daniel Lewis
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A definite improvement. Let's make that land productive for human use.

Chris DiFonso
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1 month ago

@Daniel Lewis I say we drop you off there, alone

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The Human Development Index utilizes four key metrics: 1) life expectancy at birth – to assess a long and healthy life,

 2) 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.

#3

Chichen Itza 1892 And Now

Chichen Itza 1892 And Now

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A Shipper
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1 month ago

That's so cool. I've never thought about it but, of course it would have been overgrown.

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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.

#4

Bike Ride In Berlin Kreuzberg ( ~1985 / 2018 )

Bike Ride In Berlin Kreuzberg ( ~1985 / 2018 )

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Ben Smith
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1 month ago

Much better now

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#5

Utrecht, Netherlands 1982 vs. 2020. They Converted The Highway To A Canal

Utrecht, Netherlands 1982 vs. 2020. They Converted The Highway To A Canal

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LilicatUK
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1 month ago (edited)

A big improvement!

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#6

The Shambles In York (UK) Inspiration For Diagon Alley From Harry Potter. Late 1800s And Today

The Shambles In York (UK) Inspiration For Diagon Alley From Harry Potter. Late 1800s And Today

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Verena Gitterle
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1 month ago

could be in Ankh-Morpork

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#7

Bishan Park, 30 Years Apart. Top Pic, 1988. Bottom Pic, 2020

Bishan Park, 30 Years Apart. Top Pic, 1988. Bottom Pic, 2020

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Jeff
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1 month ago

Trees!!!

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#8

World War I Trenches

World War I Trenches

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Michelle Line
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1 month ago

Much much better now.

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#9

Moscow Pictures 20 Years Apart

Moscow Pictures 20 Years Apart

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Norma
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1 month ago

I love seeing the older buildings renovated/maintained/lit so beautifully!

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#10

The Flatiron Building, New York (1917 And 2012)

The Flatiron Building, New York (1917 And 2012)

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Ben Smith
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1 month ago

Stands the test of time

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#11

Atomic Bomb Dome - 75 Years Later

Atomic Bomb Dome - 75 Years Later

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ProductofNZ
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1 month ago

They left it largely untouched. There is still masonry debris surrounding the building. It is theorized that the atom bomb detonated above this building as the walls were not blown out by a horizontal blast wave but rather a vertical force that caved in the roof.

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#12

The Banyan Tree In Maui. Top Photo Taken By My Grandfather While He Was Stationed There During Wwii. Bottom I Took Without Knowing His Photo Existed

The Banyan Tree In Maui. Top Photo Taken By My Grandfather While He Was Stationed There During Wwii. Bottom I Took Without Knowing His Photo Existed

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LaDonna Hulcy
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1 month ago

I have this same picture! it's a beautiful spot.

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#13

The Changing Face Of St Bartholomew-The-Great's Gatehouse In Smithfield, Which Was Built In 1595 And Some Point Bricked Over. It Was Bombed During A Ww1 Zeppelin Raid Knocking Off Some Bricks Revealing Its Tudor Half-Timbered Facade. It Was Restored To How It Looks Today. 1916 vs. Now

The Changing Face Of St Bartholomew-The-Great's Gatehouse In Smithfield, Which Was Built In 1595 And Some Point Bricked Over. It Was Bombed During A Ww1 Zeppelin Raid Knocking Off Some Bricks Revealing Its Tudor Half-Timbered Facade. It Was Restored To How It Looks Today. 1916 vs. Now

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MrTree1779
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1 month ago

I've always loved timber framing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timber_framing

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#14

My Hometown, Approx 100 Years Ago vs. My Pic From Last Week.... Not So Much Has Changed...

My Hometown, Approx 100 Years Ago vs. My Pic From Last Week.... Not So Much Has Changed...

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Michelle Line
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1 month ago

Love the blend of photos!

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#15

My Great Grandfather And I Trained At The Same Location, Exactly 100 Years Apart. He Left For France Shortly After This Was Taken In 1917

My Great Grandfather And I Trained At The Same Location, Exactly 100 Years Apart. He Left For France Shortly After This Was Taken In 1917

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Norma
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1 month ago

This is amazing!

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#16

Singapore 2000 vs. Now

Singapore 2000 vs. Now

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Michelle Line
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1 month ago

I don't think there's anything from 2000 that's still there today.

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#17

1920 / 2020 . San Francisco, Ca

1920 / 2020 . San Francisco, Ca

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Maria Vasilieva
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1 month ago

I have a whole book "then and now" about SanFrancisco ... the city went through several fires, earthquakes, and boom of Silicon Valley and ... it still keeps a lot of Victorian charm mixed with hipster style graffiti. It's so different, I love SF

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#18

Early Los Angeles Compared To 2001

Early Los Angeles Compared To 2001

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Cip IESAN
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1 month ago

Find 5 differences between the two pictures.

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#19

The Former Island Of Urk - The Netherlands 1930 vs. 2020

The Former Island Of Urk - The Netherlands 1930 vs. 2020

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ProductofNZ
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1 month ago

History: A Dike was added in 1939 and later, land reclamation took place. No more Island of Urk.

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#20

From Fascism To Kebabs, Durham 1934 vs. 2020

From Fascism To Kebabs, Durham 1934 vs. 2020

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Caged Beer
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1 month ago

A positive change I think!

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#21

Buckhurst Hill Station (London Underground Station) - (1875 - 2020)

Buckhurst Hill Station (London Underground Station) - (1875 - 2020)

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sbj
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1 month ago

Nice!

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#22

University Of Montana ~150 Years Apart

University Of Montana ~150 Years Apart

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

Taking away the native people's land. :(

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#23

Dubai Marina (2000 - 2020)

Dubai Marina (2000 - 2020)

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LaDonna Hulcy
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1 month ago

Sad

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#24

The Trams They Are Changing ( 1990 / 2018 )

The Trams They Are Changing ( 1990 / 2018 )

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Mark Wilson
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1 month ago

Berlin, by the way

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#25

1820 Industrial St, Los Angeles

1820 Industrial St, Los Angeles

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NMN
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1 month ago (edited)

So... that pic is not from 1820... nor the building in the back. More like some decades ago maybe?

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#26

I Just Made This To Show Just How Much Melbourne's Skyline Has Grown In 20 Years...

I Just Made This To Show Just How Much Melbourne's Skyline Has Grown In 20 Years...

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True Blue
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1 month ago

We are going to big to fast but I still love Melbourne

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#27

Dresden In Ww2 vs. Dresden Now

Dresden In Ww2 vs. Dresden Now

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Nadine
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1 month ago

How can humans do that to one another

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#28

The Development Of This City In Georgia

The Development Of This City In Georgia

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Bottom one looks like a motherboard

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#29

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, USA

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, USA

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Michelle Line
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1 month ago

According to Wiki: "In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce began a contract with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department to repair and rebuild the sign. The contract stipulated that "LAND" be removed to spell "Hollywood" and reflect the district, not the "Hollywoodland" housing development."

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Subang Jaya, Selangor. 44 Years Apart

Subang Jaya, Selangor. 44 Years Apart

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Jaded Queen
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1 month ago

the damage it does to nature in name of development. No body ever think about eco-friendly alternatives until it's too late. No problem if built fewer buildings and established greenery . It is such a wasted opportunity. There could be a large area of lush green . But noooo .Places like California and Australia have burned due to contribution by all over the world. And still only wildlife nd plantlife suffers largely. They have bleed the earth. Humans will pay with their burning and blood. Earth demends your head . Die disgusting selfish people . Suffer horribly

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