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Now and Then: City employee helps residents see a unique perspective on Huntsville's history

HUNTSVILLE, AL (February 14, 2011) -- During Mayor Battle's 2010 State of the City Address ( watch the 2010 State of the City Address HERE), several historic images of old Huntsville were shown updated in today's world.

These pictures, which were known internally as the "Now and Then Project," were produced by city employee Thomas Evans.

The images were taken from historic archives and were superimposed by hand over the exact same perspective from modern day. No computer editing or photo retouching was done on the project.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle praised the project and noted that the pictures were one of the most talked about items from the 2010 State of the City Address.

"Our residents responded incredibly well to the pictures," said Mayor Battle. "It was such a simple yet completely unique way to offer a glimpse into our city's history while looking at where we are today."

The photos included such Huntsville landmarks as Big Spring Park, the old downtown YMCA, the courthouse square and several others.

Evans, who works with the Office of the Mayor in its communications division, said the project was rewarding and that the response has been overwhelming.

"It was a fun project to work on," said Evans. "I never expected for it to be as popular as it was. We've got hundreds of pictures of historic Huntsville and I think we're going to make this an ongoing effort."

The images are in copyright to the City of Huntsville and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City.

For high resolution versions of the images, click on the thumbnails below.







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