Last fall, Marc Hermann juxtaposed old crime and accident photos from the archives of the New York Daily News with photos of the scenes in modern times. The results are wicked cool.
I started thinking Boston would also lend itself to this sort of treatment. In recent days, I've been taking photos of the current scenes where news photographer Leslie Jones and the (generally) anonymous photographers enshrined in the Boston City Archives captured life in Boston back in the day.
Above is the first smushed photo, showing the scene in 1937 when a milk wagon somehow rammed into the Gainsboro Pharmacy, which was located on Huntington Avenue at Gainsborough Street, in a building that now houses the Symphony Market.
As time permits, I'll post more of these in coming days. One thing I've discovered is it's wicked hard to take photos that capture the exact perspective of the original photographer, which makes it hard to combine photos, because not everything will fit just right in the smushing process.
For example, in the photo above, the "Drugs Chemicals" sign fits perfectly. But the perspective is skewed, so that the bottom of the image is larger than it should be (while it's possible the sidewalk was wider back then, I doubt it was that wide!). Any suggestions gratefully accepted!