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Cover Story: Mashing Houston Old & New, Via Photos

We've had some good results when our Abrahan Garza has roamed the Houston streets mashing up present-day scenes with old photographs.

Today, as part of our annual Best of Houston® issue, he's at it again.

"Houston: Now & Then" takes a look at how the city has evolved -- or hasn't.

Garza hunts up vintage photographs of the city -- something that is harder to do than you'd think -- and finds their current locations. He then waits for the magic moment when time, light, angle and karma combine to make the perfect mash-up that brings past and present together.

Here are some examples, with Garza's accompanying information; jump online for the rest.

Cover Story: Mashing Houston Old & New, Via Photos
Photos by Abrahan Garza

4. Bob Seales Auto Co -- 1517 Milam Street at Leeland
Standing at the current location of the Exxon Building, the Bob Seales Auto Company dominated the corners of Milam and Leeland as well as Travis at Leeland. It might have even been known as Bob Seales corner but there isn't much history about him.

Cover Story: Mashing Houston Old & New, Via Photos

3. City Hall Reflection Pool -- City Hall 808 Bagby
This photo from the 1960s is a calmer look at today's dramatic skyline. It also shows that you could see three city blocks away before the Shell Tower One became the tallest building in the city in 1971 and blocked the view.  

Cover Story: Mashing Houston Old & New, Via Photos

2. Greyhound Bus Station -- 1500 Texas at LaBranch
Located one block from Union Station, this Greyhound Bus Station location was moved and demolished in the 1980s and is currently a parking lot.

Cover Story: Mashing Houston Old & New, Via Photos

1. Moulin Rouge Burlesk Exotics -- 315 Milam Street in 1975
Currently the location of the Kim Son parking garage across from Market Square.

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