A few weeks ago everyone

seemed to be playing with FaceApp,

which aged faces of young people.

You could see yourself in the future,

say, fifty years from now.

On our second honeymoon to Nova Scotia, we did the reverse.

He has loved airplanes since he was a boy. Fifty years ago, you could stand under the wing of a plane!

He has loved airplanes since he was a boy. Fifty years ago, you could stand under the wing of a plane!

Shirley on the Rocks

Shirley on the Rocks, 1969 and 2019.

 

Standing in front of the Citadel. Halifax. Clowning with flags after 50 years.

Standing in front of the Citadel. Halifax. Clowning with flags after 50 years.

Couldn't find any Pepsi in glass bottles, so I went with my water bottle.

Couldn’t find any Pepsi in glass bottles, so I went with my water bottle.

Nova Scotia with football jersey. Fifty Years Later!

Nova Scotia with football jersey. Fifty Years Later!

They were only the twinkles in the eyes of their parents, who were still twinkles in our eyes.

At Peggy’s Cove. In 1969 these three were only the twinkles in the eyes of their parents, who were still twinkles in our eyes.

These collages were much fun to make. They were taken almost exactly fifty years apart in places almost exactly the same, or as close as we could find.

True Story: We took three nights and four days at a Hampton Inn (using Hilton Honors points saved for this purpose) in Halifax before the rest of our family arrived to stay with us at a big AirBnB. We did not try to locate our original motel, although I knew the name. In June I had found a postcard I had pasted into the honeymoon scrapbook. It was from the Citadel Inn. While in Halifax, I decided to look up the address to see if we could walk past the place we stayed our first night in Canada. The closest thing I found was the Citadel Halifax Hotel, which I figured was the new name for the same place, but when I looked it up on Yelp!, it said it was closed.

Why was it closed?

Because just a few years ago, “our” motel/hotel was razed. Why?

So that the Hilton company could build a new Hampton Inn — the very place we stayed for three nights! We had returned to the same earth without knowing it.

Coincidence? Maybe. But the discovery gave me chills. And I made a new collage.

1960 Brunswick St. Then and Now.

1960 Brunswick St. Then and Now.

Have you ever done a photo collage with old and new pictures? Tell us about it. When was the last time you discovered a “coincidence” that gave you chills?