Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent
Houston Press staffer Abrahán Garza likes to meld Houston's past and present together.
He goes around town matching up old postcards to present-day sites, something he saw on the Web a year or so ago.
"I'll find a remnant in the old photo I will try to match it up perfectly," he says. "It's definitely a plus when it's an existing window or a doorway. I love when locations still have the original awnings, windowpanes or doors. I believe it's sad when I find a location that is now a parking lot where once stood a beautiful, interesting building with detailed, thought-out architecture that no one would ever know about today."
Some of the results so far:
9. Upstairs on the Square and Huber Seafood House & Oyster Bar (212 Travis Street), 1975
8. Main and Capitol streets in 1943. The Flying Saucer is at this current location on the left.
7. Main Street at Capitol Street in the 1930s.
6. Main Street between Texas and Prairie, 1967. The Houston Press newsbox is for the defunct daily.
5. United States Post Office, 701 San Jacinto at Rusk in 1939.
4. Main Street between Texas and Prairie, 1967.
3. Robertson Stadium, University of Houston, in the 1940s.
2. 1300 Travis at Polk Street sometime in the 1990s with the Exxon Mobile Building in the background.
1. First United Methodist Church, Main Street at Clay in 1946.
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