Weird History

This Awesome Photographer Mashes Up Historical Images With Their Present-Day Environment  

Matthew Lavelle
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List Rules Vote up the coolest photos of past history merged with the present.

Many historians would agree that it is important to understand historical events in the context of the modern world. "Ghosts of History," a photo project by Adam Surrey, epitomizes this idea that history is far from a distant past, but instead, an ever-present reminder of both the successes and mistakes throughout human history. 

The photos are remarkable and underscore the fact that while some of the original images seem so distant in time, in actuality, our world has barely changed. When you look at a landmark or place that you may have personally visited, and it is contrasted with a photo of historical significance, it inspires a closer connection to the past. It brings people closer to our shared ancestry of events, one that hopefully lingers longer than just your eyes on the photograph. Check out these riveting photos of past and present combined, and vote up the ones that strike you as awe-inspiring. 

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The US 101st Airborne Division Marches To Their Airplane In Devon, England, To Jump Out In Normandy, France
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A US Soldier Poses For A Photograph In Maastricht, Netherlands
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Members Of The US 101st Airborne Division Escort German POWs Through A Shopping District In Eindhoven, Netherlands
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WWII Soldiers And Modern Pedestrians Intersect In The Mashed-Up Center Of Eindhoven, Netherlands
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