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The Original Time Machine

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I have figured out how to travel in time. The only thing is, I can only go back and not to the future. I'm not sure I want to see the future anyway.

Come back often. I will be updating this as I venture out.
Last updated: 04/02/14
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A 19th century barn along Rt. 122
1972 to 2011

I enjoy looking at early photographs and I always thought it would be really interesting to take a photo of the same scene during present time, using the same perspective as the original.
So, my latest project is just that. I am going to look at some of the early photos and the ones that I took back in the 60's and 70's and try to take a new photo in the closest perspective to the original as possible. Most of the photos shown here are located in the Blackstone Valley, in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
One of the most difficult things to do is obtain that correct perspective when duplicating an image. It isn't always possible, since changes over time can prevent one from using the same footprint as the original photographer. In many of the old photos, one only had to dodge an occasional horse-drawn carriage. Today, you have to watch out for the traffic of today's roads. So, while these may not be perfect, they are as close as I can come under the circumstances.
The examples below were taken when I went to the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Also follow the links above to the towns in my area. If you have a old photo that you would like me to include, use the contact form.

Slide the handle side to side to compare the old and new photographs.

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Slaughter Pen Gettysburg
Time travel isn't always pretty. But it is always fascinating. The old photo shows a confederate soldier after the battle at Gettysburg. This location is known as the Slaughter Pen. The horizontal crack that you see is from the original glass plate. I took the new photo on May 24, 2007.
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Dead Confederate Soldier at Devil
This is a more famous photo taken after the battles at Gettysburg. It shows a fallen Confederate soldier among the rocky Devil's Den. Little Round Top is a few hundred yards away. This photo was taken in May 24, 2007 during our first trip to Gettysburg. More than one trip is necessary for any history lover.

Check out more photos located in the these towns.

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