Assignment: Weekend assignment: Past and present
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Created February 23, 2010 by
Walking down a street, you can sometimes see remnants of times long gone. Ever wonder how long that old house has been there or what was there before the gas station on the corner? Linking the past to the present could be a fascinating exploration into your own neighborhood’s history. We were inspired by the Looking Into the Past Flickr group.
Here’s the challenge: Dig out an old photograph of someplace nearby or visit your local library to find a historic photo. Then, go out to that location and line it up to the present-day view, like in the example to the right. Or, you can superimpose the old image on the new one digitally. If you’d like to tackle video, here’s an innovative example of how one iReporter did it.
Explore some old photos and grab your camera! When it comes to looking for old photos, we'd suggest trying the Library of Congress, your local library or asking the elders in your family. We hope you learn a thing or two about your neighborhood’s history.
Please submit your iReport here and upload your images to the Looking into the Past Flickr group too.
Read and click through the CNN.com story: Connecting the past and present