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The Ghosts of World War II
October 19, 2012 2:44 PM   Subscribe

Photographs found at flea markets superimposed on to modern views of the same location.
posted by blaneyphoto (20 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow. These are fantastic. Thanks for posting this.
posted by gingerbeer at 2:51 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


That rarest of online creatures, a Daily Mail link actually worth clicking.
posted by chavenet at 2:53 PM on October 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Here's her flickr page, with more photos (from the article.)
posted by gingerbeer at 2:54 PM on October 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Those are amazing. For those who want to avoid the Daily Mail, link to Jo Teeuwisse's Flickr page. Also note, at least one photo does show a dead person (WWII casualty, seen from across a street).
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:56 PM on October 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was about to say the same, chavenet, but probably still not a good idea to read the comments though. Lord knows Daily Fail readers would rather not have common decency deter them.
posted by Kitteh at 2:56 PM on October 19, 2012


Great project and genuinely haunting images.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:01 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ghosts! That's awesome.
posted by limeonaire at 3:03 PM on October 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


That's the kind of Photoshopping I can get behind. (Contrast with the work done, unannounced, in the Google thread.)
posted by JHarris at 3:16 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


No Obama socialist in those pictures!

Wat.

Why did I read the comments? Why? I couldn't just leave well enough alone.
posted by Malice at 3:16 PM on October 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


Her Flickr page is much better. But it would be nice to see more of the entire image, old and new to see all of what was happening then and now, and how it has changed or not. She also gives some interesting historical context.
posted by Flashman at 3:23 PM on October 19, 2012


Why did I read the comments? Why? I couldn't just leave well enough alone.

Because then you'd be missing out on gems such as this:

"Just goes to show that the Americans will try to impose their beliefs ANYWHERE!! And also that ghosts DO exist because how else would those photos be taken?
- crikeyman, Nord, United Kingdom"
posted by item at 3:34 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yes, the main link should be changed to her flickr page to circumvent the snark comments and gain the photographers commentary.
posted by incandissonance at 3:38 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks for posting this, nicely done and well worth looking at. Also very appreciative of the comments providing a link that allowed me to avoid the Mail.
posted by waltzingalong at 3:48 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's just stunning. Almost four dimensional in a way, like what you might see if you existed outside of time and space.
posted by Kevin Street at 4:25 PM on October 19, 2012


I've always wondered-- is there a particular name for this type of 'shopping?
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 4:53 PM on October 19, 2012


Ghosts of Amsterdam
posted by homunculus at 7:36 PM on October 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


There's a remarkable juxtaposition in the first image, from the streets of Cherbourg. The American soldiers are running frantically past a modern signpost which reads "Musée de la Liberation"

In one mixed photograph, the progress of history is shown. From the unbearable terror and suffering and the combined tragedies of thousands, to a museum where tourists and listless schoolchildren will quietly file past the stilled relics and think to themselves how lovely it will be to have lunch soon.
posted by honestcoyote at 9:54 AM on October 20, 2012


Remarkable images. Thank you!

And the American thinks, "…where the history's from!"
posted by Lexica at 8:37 PM on October 20, 2012


Ghost Trains Roar Back to Life in Modern England
posted by homunculus at 2:34 PM on October 26, 2012


This genre of art doesn't always work for me -- I see a lot of it done quite clumsily. But these are well done.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:34 AM on October 28, 2012


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