Transformations Through Time: A Visual Journey with Before and After Photos

1. Chichen Itza in 1892 and now

2. Old London Bridge vs London Bridge today The current bridge, opened in 1973, replaced a 19th-century stone-arched bridge, which had been built after the demolition of the glorious medieval stone bridge constructed between 1176 and 1209.

3. In 1994, photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado left the horrors of Rwanda and returned to his home in Minas Gerais, Brazil, seeking peace in the lush green forests of his childhood. Instead, he discovered that his home had turned into a barren land devoid of any wildlife: “The land was as sick as I was. Only about 0.5% was covered in trees”. It was then that his wife, Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado, suggested they replant the entire forest. Sebastião agreed, and together they spent the next 20 years planting 2.7 million trees. This resulted in the recovery of 1,500 acres of rainforest, and the site eventually became home to 293 plant species, 172 bird species, and 33 animal species, some of which were on the verge of extinction.

4. The Sphinx before and after excavation

5. Gareth Weeks before and after a liver transplant after suffering from chronic liver disease.

6. The before and after of the excavation of the Ancient Greek Stadium of Magnesia, located in modern day Turkey.

7. Mount St. Helens before and after its 1980 eruption

8. A couple at Woodstock: 48 hours after meeting each other, and the same couple 50 years later, still together. “We’d known each other less than 48 hours when that photo was taken,” revealed Judy and Jerry Griffin.

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9. Before and after the excavation and restoration of the Ziggurat of Ur in Iraq. This ziggurat, the best-preserved of those known from Mesopotamia, was built approximately 4000 years ago during the Early Bronze Age.

10. Rio de Janeiro’s reforestation

11. In 1964, Ringo Starr took a photo of some high school students who had skipped class to see the Beatles during their first trip to the US. 50 years later, the group recreated the picture.

12. Viking axe before and after restoration

13. A reconstruction by Ádám Németh of Curetes Street in ancient Ephesus.

14. Best friends since WW2

15. The Arctic 100 years apart

16. Before and after surgery for Blount’s disease, a growth disorder of the shin bone which causes the lower leg to angle inward.

17. Before and after commissioned street art by Pachuca’s local government in Mexico.

18. A lighthouse in Michigan, before and after major ice storm

19. WWI trenches, then and now

20. Hong Kong in 1964 and now

21. Mt. Rushmore before and after it was carved

22. Boston before and after the highway was moved underground in 2003.

23. Machu Picchu, before and after excavation

24. The Acropolis of Athens over the years

25. Lincoln, before and after the Civil War

26. Originally, the Great Pyramid of Giza was encased in white limestone, and its capstone was made of solid gold.

27. The “evolution” of One Times Square Built as the headquarters of The New York Times in 1904, Allied Chemical renovated it as a showroom in 1963. Then, in the mid-1990s, billboards took over, making it one of the most valuable advertising locations in the world.

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28. Elsie Allcock has lived in the same house for 105 years. She was born in the terraced house in 1918, which her father had rented since 1902. Later, Elsie and her husband bought it for £250, which was a lot of money at the time, and raised their children there.

29. The same dog before and after a playdate “Let the muddy dog in: you can wash the dog and you can clean up the mud. Those who don’t love either the dog or the mud, those you can’t wash.”

30. Baker Street station in London is one of the oldest underground station in the world. Opened on January 10, 1863, it hasn’t changed much over the past 161 years aside from the platform height and electrification.

St. Nicholas’ Church, Berlin, Germany, 1939 – 2013