We are a group of people who love re-photographies (“before and after”, “then and now”) because of their potential to tell fascinating stories with just two pictures. There wasn’t really a central hub for this kind of art so we got to work and built re.photos. It’s a website that enables people to browse hundreds of pictures or upload and align their own.

Today we would like to share our excitement with you and show you some of the best pictures (in our opinion) our users contributed. Hopefully, these comparisons are as exciting for you as they are for us!

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Rysstad, Norway, 1888 - 2013

Rysstad, Norway, 1888 - 2013

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Usernameofgag
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3 years ago

I love the way they doesn't tear down the white building.

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Seljestadjuvet, Odda, Norway, 1887 - 2014

Seljestadjuvet, Odda, Norway, 1887 - 2014

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Josh Ritter
Community Member
3 years ago

This is the second pic from Norway with no changes. Looks peaceful.

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Martin Luther Statue, Dresden, Germany, 1958 - 2014

Martin Luther Statue, Dresden, Germany, 1958 - 2014

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Misterscooter
Community Member
3 years ago

There are probably some crazy before and after photos of Dresden related to the war.

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Hofbräuhaus München, Germany, 1910 - 2017

Hofbräuhaus München, Germany, 1910 - 2017

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Aliosha Ally
Community Member
3 years ago

Oans, zwoa, gsuffa!

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Quai Des Nations, Paris, France, 1900 - 2017

Quai Des Nations, Paris, France, 1900 - 2017

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just a thought !
Community Member
3 years ago

The before had beautiful buildings , but the fact that there are trees there now makes me feel it's changed for the good .

Alexandru Bucur
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually, the buildings were temporary in any case - those were all country pavilions for the Paris "Exposition Universelle of 1900" (1900 world's fair) and were torn down soon afterwards.

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Misterscooter
Community Member
3 years ago

Did the buildings on the river fall apart and need to be removed or was it that they didn't survive WWII? Or something else?

Jacqueline Martell
Community Member
3 years ago

No, the buildings you see in the older photo were national pavilions erected for the 'Exposition Universelle,' the world's fair in Paris c. 1889. Look at the various architecture representing different countries from around the world. The photo is slightly misleading as these pavilions were never meant to be permanent. The Eiffel Tower was also constructed for the world's fair and was at the time the tallest building ever made. The Eiffel Tower was also supposed to only be a temporary installation, but it was saved from destruction in 1909 when city officials predicted it might be useful as a radiotelegraph station. At the time, the Eiffel Tower was a very polarizing installation and many Parisians considered it a blight on their beautiful city, but since then it has obviously endured as a symbolic image of France. It really is a unique and remarkable building. :)

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Leslie Cully
Community Member
3 years ago

Those buildings were only temporary, built for the Universal Exposition in 1900. Read more here if you're interested. http://www.arthurchandler.com/paris-1900-exposition/

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
3 years ago

I love the trees, of course, but the view looked so much more interesting before!

Connie Brumley
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes at first ,I was shocked to see the awesome buildings gone! Hope ALL are still there! We do not have this kind of beauty in USA. No where near as much!

Mike Irwin
Community Member
3 years ago

All are long gone - see Alexandru's and Jacqueline's responses above.

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Arren Schroyer
Community Member
4 months ago

The building built back then were built with amazing character. It's a shame they had to remove them.

Colbi Schrover
Community Member
8 months ago

Just so EVERYONE understands, the buildings were temporary exhibition structures, meant to be taken down at the end of the festival. As at Chicago, San Diego, and Buffalo, buildings like these were slapped together with plaster and fur, and demolished right after they'd served their purpose.

Philip nelson
Community Member
1 year ago

Example of devolution. Progress in reverse but propagandized as the pinnacle of human achievement. Everything is getting worse not better over time.

Timothy Riley
Community Member
1 year ago

Exposition, not permanent buildings

Sam Leigh
Community Member
3 years ago

Gee - another one where older photo shows a nicer vista

Helen Coyle
Community Member
3 years ago

prefer the before picture it has more going on

Elizabeth Gruenwald
Community Member
3 years ago

Nice

Kandi Kane
Community Member
3 years ago

these buildings were all built by the countries invited to show off what each had to offer to the world...The fair, visited by nearly 50 million, displayed many machines, inventions, and architecture that are now nearly universally known, including the Grande Roue de Paris Ferris wheel, Russian nesting dolls, diesel engines, talking films, escalators, and the telegraphone (the first magnetic audio recorder). Where have all the buildings gone.... Many of the buildings constructed for the Exposition Universelle were demolished after the conclusion of the exposition. Many of the buildings were built on a framework of wood, and covered with staff, which was formed into columns, statuary, walls, stairs, etc. After the fair was over, the buildings were demolished and all items and materials that could be salvaged and sold were "recycled".

Kandi Kane
Community Member
3 years ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposition_Universelle_(1900)

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フートトロ
Community Member
3 years ago

I am guessing the buildings in the old photo are "temporary buildings" from the 1900 Paris EXPO (Exposition Universelle), especially seeing American flags on the closest building.

Fay Alford
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the second pic with the trees

Susan Palmer
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow. Alot different here.

Krzysztof Szłapka
Community Member
3 years ago

Unfortunately, the change on the worse, trees can be planted in places without buildings

Flavia Slag
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! Big change

ForkNBeans
Community Member
3 years ago

Kind of heartbreaking to see all those beautiful structures...gone.

Lina Bingmert
Community Member
3 years ago

Not really, they were not meant to be there. Read previous comments.

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Hamdhaan Hassan
Community Member
3 years ago

the before pic is much nicer but they did change for better, so thats good

Carole Reid
Community Member
3 years ago

Hitler spared Paris for his own pleasure.

Joel Drapeau
Community Member
6 months ago

But, knowing the end was near, Hitler had a plan for Paris to collapse on itself, blowing up the entire metro system.

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Rehman Doomunkhan
Community Member
3 years ago

All building had been erased.

Maria Tag
Community Member
3 years ago

Now, what would I give to be in PAris in the 1900s...Mmm...

Odille Esmonde-Morgan
Community Member
3 years ago

A big change for the better, in my opinion. Trees beat buildings along waterways every time.

moli.2
Community Member
3 years ago

I like how we can see also 2 different boats

Maggie Collins
Community Member
3 years ago

I didn't think it was the same place until I saw the bridges on the left and in the rear. And of course the Eiffel Tower. Beautiful.

Martin Forbes
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww its really lost its character in the 2017 photo. Such a shame.

Josh Ritter
Community Member
3 years ago

Looked way better in 1900. What happened?

Darlon Shelter
Community Member
3 years ago

In the first photo, if it were not for the presence of the Eiffel Tower, I could swear that we were on the Brenta Canal, Venice.

yerawitchSam13
Community Member
3 years ago

Both are beautiful.

Mariajuana Lustre
Community Member
3 years ago

Both looked majestic

LSR
Community Member
3 years ago

To all the fucking idiots who keep asking the same thing: READ, READ THE FUCKING COMMENTS AND LEARN, if you have a damn inch of brain.

Paul Urquhart
Community Member
3 years ago

Agreed. It is frustrating.

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kathryn stretton
Community Member
3 years ago

I feel that demolishing those stunning buildings is an act of vandalism

DeAnna Anderson
Community Member
3 years ago

So many buildings gone. I wonder if it was due to the 2 world wars.

Yenny Kartika
Community Member
3 years ago

where are the beautiful buildings? they burned them down.

Karen Forzetti
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow thats a lot of lost architecture

Maggie Dougherty
Community Member
3 years ago

I for one, am kind of sorry that the building were torn down! They looked rather majestic, with the Seine in the fore ground!

moli.2
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh that is a pitty actually :(

Gwen Johnson-Brown
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow...all destroyed in the wars?

Daniel Nilssen
Community Member
3 years ago

they went backwards

Ana Fuentes
Community Member
3 years ago

WW1 and WW2 really changed the scenery!!

Christian Bech
Community Member
3 years ago

No

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#6

Corner Of Ratajczaka And Św. Marcin Streets, Poznań, Poland, 1945 - 2017

Corner Of Ratajczaka And Św. Marcin Streets, Poznań, Poland, 1945 - 2017

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Krzysztof Guzowski
Community Member
3 years ago

It's corner of Ratajczaka and Św. Marcin Streets. "Skrzyżowanie" means "crossroads" in Polish. :)

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#7

Pripyat, Ukraine, 1986 - 2016

Pripyat, Ukraine, 1986 - 2016

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Misterscooter
Community Member
3 years ago

Context: Top photo is shortly before the Chernobyl meltdown (this is the nearby town where the employees and their families lived).

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#8

Chaney Glacier, USA, 1911 - 2005

Chaney Glacier, USA, 1911 - 2005

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Priscilla Winslow
Community Member
3 years ago

Sad...

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#9

Engabreen Glacier, Norway, 1889 - 2010

Engabreen Glacier, Norway, 1889 - 2010

Axel Lindahl’s picture of Engabreen from 1889 shows the foot of the glacier, where there was only ice, glacial gravel, water and bare mountainsides in a seemingly cold and hostile landscape. Now, more than 120 years later, the valley has become far more fertile. Birch forest, shore meadows, willow thickets and marshland have established themselves, while the glacier arm has retreated far back up the mountainside.

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maobe
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3 years ago

...even the guy sitting there has changed...

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#10

Moulin Rouge, Paris, France, 1900 - 2016

Moulin Rouge, Paris, France, 1900 - 2016

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Alexandru Bucur
Community Member
3 years ago

The first picture is definitely not from 1900. Judging by the cars, it was taken around 1930. This is what the place actually looked like in 1900, before a fire destroyed the building in 1915: Moulin-Rouge-1.jpg Moulin-Rouge-1.jpg

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Horse Cart And Steam Locomotive, Mont Saint-Michel, France, 1908 - 2016

Horse Cart And Steam Locomotive, Mont Saint-Michel, France, 1908 - 2016

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Sherrie Glendening
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a fairytale.

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#12

Reichstag, Germany, 1945 - 2012

Reichstag, Germany, 1945 - 2012

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Elise
Community Member
3 years ago

restoration at its finest

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#13

Hammerfest, Norway, 1889 - 2004

Hammerfest, Norway, 1889 - 2004

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Misterscooter
Community Member
3 years ago

Gorgeous.

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#14

Frauenkirche Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 1897 - 2010

Frauenkirche Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 1897 - 2010

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Franco La Torre
Community Member
3 years ago

The original construction was destroyed almost entirely in WWII. The current one was completed in 2005. The black bricks in the new church are some that were part of the original construction.

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#15

Tour Eiffel, Paris, France, 1910 - 2016

Tour Eiffel, Paris, France, 1910 - 2016

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Mariajuana Lustre
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww, the old one looks more romantic

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#16

Marcin Street, Poznań, Poland, 1945 - 2017

Marcin Street, Poznań, Poland, 1945 - 2017

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

We can survive & rebuild from rubble.

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#17

Osnabrück, Germany, 1904 - 2016

Osnabrück, Germany, 1904 - 2016

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Mark Smallman
Community Member
3 years ago

Interesting how the original field boundaries ended up forming the streets and roads .

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#18

The Karlstor, Munich, Germany, 1946 - 2017

The Karlstor, Munich, Germany, 1946 - 2017

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

the quote on the sign is still valid...

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Osnabrück Central Railway Station, Germany, 1965 - 2015

Osnabrück Central Railway Station, Germany, 1965 - 2015

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Martin Forbes
Community Member
3 years ago

I think it would look better without all these bikes, although it is a healthier way of getting around compared to cars tbh.

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Nowomiejska Street, Łódź, Poland, 1874 - 2016

Nowomiejska Street, Łódź, Poland, 1874 - 2016

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Neat as a pin

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#21

Paris, France, 1900 - 2017

Paris, France, 1900 - 2017

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KT Trondsen
Community Member
3 years ago

Looked way better before

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#22

Szyperska Street, Poznań, Poland, 2006 - 2017

Szyperska Street, Poznań, Poland, 2006 - 2017

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Christina Waide
Community Member
3 years ago

It looks much better!

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#23

Kjeåsen Railway Bridge, Kjeåsen, Norway, 1927 - 2008

Kjeåsen Railway Bridge, Kjeåsen, Norway, 1927 - 2008

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Jeff
Community Member
3 years ago

New Bridge looks a little bit sturdier

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The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1900 - 2017

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1900 - 2017

The Seine bank during the world’s fair of 1900.
Next to the Eiffel Tower, the “Globe Céleste” was one of the main attractions. It was a monumental heavenly globe of 45 meters in diameter, in which visitors could sit in a chair, while panoramas of the solar system were passed over. The ball was carried by 4 pillars, between which stairs and elevators allowed the visitors the ascent.
In the “Marerama”, the building with the four corner towers to the left, visitors were simulated to be on the deck of a ship with a panorama of the large Mediterranean ports.
The exhibition pavilions located directly on the shore on the left were dedicated to navigation, trade and navigation.

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riley.girl
Community Member
3 years ago

That globe is so cool! I wish it was still there!

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#25

Palais Im Großen Garten Dresden, Germany, 1900 - 2005

Palais Im Großen Garten Dresden, Germany, 1900 - 2005

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ShneeksDawn
Community Member
3 years ago

This reminds me of Mr Darcy's house in Pride and Prejudice

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St. Matthew Evangelical Church, Łódź, Poland, 1937 - 2017

St. Matthew Evangelical Church, Łódź, Poland, 1937 - 2017

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Ana Fuentes
Community Member
3 years ago

Hey! who moved the chair???

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Osnabrück, Germany, 1953 - 2015

Osnabrück, Germany, 1953 - 2015

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Priscilla Winslow
Community Member
3 years ago

Retained the cobblestones!

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St-Gervais-Et-St-Protais, France, 1918 - 2017

St-Gervais-Et-St-Protais, France, 1918 - 2017

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Priscilla Winslow
Community Member
3 years ago

I assume this is a church? A church where they evidently don't want you to sit for very long...

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The Grinnell Glacier, Montana, USA, 1911 - 2008

The Grinnell Glacier, Montana, USA, 1911 - 2008

The 1911 photo shows Grinnell Glacier poised at the top of the waterfalls in the foreground and joined with what is now called Salamander Glacier in the background. Grinnell described this wall of ice as being 1,000 feet high in 1887. As of 2008, that wall of ice is gone and Grinnell Glacier is not even visible in the contemporary photograph. Instead, it is behind the buff-colored ridge just above the waterfalls. Salamander Glacier lies along the Garden Wall below the ridgeline. This glacier is thinning in the middle so rapidly that it will probably be in two pieces within a few years. To the upper left is the small, rounded glacier, Gem Glacier, that until recently had not shown signs of retreat. It, too, is now becoming smaller.

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Sad, beyond words.

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Karlstor, Munich, Germany , 1910 - 2017

Karlstor, Munich, Germany , 1910 - 2017

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Millard Fillmore
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a shame how a lot of the ornate detail gets lost when buildings are renovated

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Köln Domplatte, Germany, 1945 - 2011

Köln Domplatte, Germany, 1945 - 2011

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Connie Martin
Community Member
3 years ago

Those are some ugly benches.

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Gymnasium, Osnabrück, Germany, 1870 - 2015

Gymnasium, Osnabrück, Germany, 1870 - 2015

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Jayne DonVito
Community Member
3 years ago

Interesting how they put the attic into use by adding the dormers (when the roof was replaced?).

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Łódź, Poland, 1887 - 2015

Łódź, Poland, 1887 - 2015

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Shannon McKee
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautifully preserved.

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#34

Hôtel De Ville, France, 1871 - 2014

Hôtel De Ville, France, 1871 - 2014

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Jayne DonVito
Community Member
3 years ago

Top photo must show the destruction from the uprising mentioned a few photos earlier. Very interesting.

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#35

Notre Dame, Paris, France, 1850 - 2016

Notre Dame, Paris, France, 1850 - 2016

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Hallak65
Community Member
3 years ago

The flèche, a type of spire in the middle is restored around 1864 after it torned down in French Revolution.

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Rue De La Paix, Paris, France, 1871 - 2016

Rue De La Paix, Paris, France, 1871 - 2016

Barricade of revolutionary Paris Commune in 1871 in the rue de la Paix (confluence Place Vendôme).
In spring of 1871, it comes for an uprising in Paris of the workers and soldiers of the National Guard against the conservative government. In spontaneous elections a Paris city council (commune) is formed, whose members (communards) try to enforce the transformation of France into a socialist union of sovereign communities against the will of the central government. After bloody clashes the communards finally gain control of Paris.

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Priscilla Winslow
Community Member
3 years ago

Gee... Les Miserables anybody? To the barricades!

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#37

St. Nicholas' Church, Berlin, Germany, 1939 - 2013

St. Nicholas' Church, Berlin, Germany, 1939 - 2013

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Stephen Treffman
Community Member
3 years ago

A better comparison would be a photo of the scene in 1945.

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#38

Poznań, Poland, 1977- 2016

Poznań, Poland, 1977- 2016

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Sherrie Glendening
Community Member
3 years ago

Population explosion?

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#39

Lunch Atop A Skyscraper, New York, Usa, London, England, 1932 - 2011

Lunch Atop A Skyscraper, New York, Usa, London, England, 1932 - 2011

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Stephen Treffman
Community Member
3 years ago

I have never liked the photo from 1932 because every time I've seen it my abdomen tightens involuntarily! The one from 2011 would suggest that construction safety standards continue to need more study.

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Shepard Glacier, USA, 1913 - 2005

 Shepard Glacier, USA, 1913 - 2005

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riley.girl
Community Member
3 years ago

This is just sad.

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#41

The Place Des Victoires, Paris, France, 1914 - 2017

The Place Des Victoires, Paris, France, 1914 - 2017

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Ryan Wilkins
Community Member
3 years ago

I love how beautiful most of the structures are in Europe.....and if they were in the USA, they would have been torn down a long time ago for Trump Towers and Malls and Starbucks and Drug stores.

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#42

Rudolstadt Marktstraße 54 Amtsgericht, Germany, 1906 - 2015

Rudolstadt Marktstraße 54 Amtsgericht, Germany, 1906 - 2015

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Amber Tackett
Community Member
3 years ago

Sweet!! We have a tree now! But honesty, I love that the original architecture was not lost on this. Restore, repair, retain, not remodel..

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#43

L'viv, Ukraine, 1943 - 2017

L'viv, Ukraine, 1943 - 2017

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Rūta Šližytė
Community Member
3 years ago

L'viv, Rynok Square. Strange to see this place so empty. It's (OK - wasin September 2017) much more crowded

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#44

Bereich Um Das Brandenburger, Germany, 1928 - 2015

Bereich Um Das Brandenburger, Germany, 1928 - 2015

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Nela Rothenbach
Community Member
3 years ago

The Title is lacking a "Tor"

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#45

Römerberg, Frankfurt, Germany, 1910 - 2017

Römerberg, Frankfurt, Germany, 1910 - 2017

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Sherrie Glendening
Community Member
3 years ago

Still very picturesque.

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Karl Johan Street, Norway, 1899 - 2007

Karl Johan Street, Norway, 1899 - 2007

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Arren Schroyer
Community Member
4 months ago

Is seems they have gotten rid of trolley tracks everywhere but its still great to see that the buzzing of people walking about and enjoying the town has not changed.

#47

Sultan Abdul Samad, Malaysia, 1941 - 2016

Sultan Abdul Samad, Malaysia, 1941 - 2016

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just a thought !
Community Member
3 years ago

The now image looks kind of photoshopped even though it may not be the case

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Most Kłodny, Poland, 1900 - 2013

Most Kłodny, Poland, 1900 - 2013

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Nick Faulkner
Community Member
3 years ago

From Most Kłodny to Least Kłodny...

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#49

Notre-Dame, Paris, France, 1944 - 2017

Notre-Dame, Paris, France, 1944 - 2017

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Mick Fowler
Community Member
3 years ago

The vehicle in the 1944 pic was a self-propelled howitzer called a "priest." Also the men next to it.

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#50

Portobello Beach, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1919 - 2016

Portobello Beach, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1919 - 2016

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Christina Waide
Community Member
3 years ago

Where did everyone go? I mean, I guess they all had 97 years to find their way home.

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#51

Japanese Troops Advancing Through Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1942 - 2016

Japanese Troops Advancing Through Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1942 - 2016

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maobe
Community Member
3 years ago

1942: japanese troops 2017: japanese tourists

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#52

Blick Vom Kap, Germany, 1961 - 2009

Blick Vom Kap, Germany, 1961 - 2009

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Plamen Petrov
Community Member
3 years ago

I think you mean 1861 here

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Warmenhuizen, Holland, 1950 - 2016

Warmenhuizen, Holland, 1950 - 2016

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KT Trondsen
Community Member
3 years ago

how do you remove a river??

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The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1888 - 2017

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1888 - 2017

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