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Local Photographer "Blends" Old St. Louis With New in These Photos

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Francis Horton
Oftentimes the history of a city can be drowned out and forgotten by the present. But Francis Horton decided to create a reminder of the past by blending it with the present.

In these seven photos, Horton, a 30-year-old IT professional, journalist, photographer, and army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, found historical photos of different locations in St. Louis and used Photoshop to blend them with new photos. The result is haunting and fascinating.

Horton tells Daily RFT that the inspiration to do the photos came from other historical blends he had seen and being " intrigued with the idea of combining the old with the new."

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Francis Horton

"There is a lot of history surrounding St. Louis," he says. "And I've always wanted to find a way to capture and share the city in a new way. I've loved the history of this city and state for years, so when I saw other examples of the blended photos, I decided to do the same on a bit of a local scale."

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Francis Horton

See also: Portraits of the Spooky, Abandoned Ballroom in the Jefferson Arms (PHOTOS)

Horton also finds pieces of St. Louis' history in the things we often overlook.

"When I'm in unfamiliar parts of the city, I'm always trying to find bits of the old St. Louis," he says. "If you're looking closely, you can see small glimpses of the old city peeking out. From uncovered cobblestones and trolly tracks during road construction to covered building facades and old advertisements painted on the sides of buildings."

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Francis Horton

See more of Horton's historically blended photos on the next page.


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34 comments
Liz Lundvall
Liz Lundvall

This is awesome! Great idea!! Hope there is more to come.

Paul Burrows
Paul Burrows

I would get rid of the ghost effect...not very good matching

Renate Kheim
Renate Kheim

The Bevo Mill should serve german food again and be open every day. There were people interested in it,but the city gave not any help and the Bevo Mill needed lots of help,new roof etc.But maybe the German heritage is not important in St.Louis???

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

Hey! I know that guy! ;) Francis Horton

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

On the Gravois @ Morganford

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Our city planners must be blind wizards

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

BEVO MILL so glad neighborhood on its way back

joncarroll01
joncarroll01

www.whatwasthere.com has some good stuff like this also.

Brandon Herges
Brandon Herges

I've seen some really neat ones like this online where images from the middle of WWII were superimposed onto modern images. These types of photos are the coolest.

Becky Agatsuma
Becky Agatsuma

I remember the Bevo Mill. What a great picture of it!

Tim Danneman
Tim Danneman

Justin Albers, check the second photo on the second page of this. What are you doing parking your car in this guys picture?

Kenneth Martin
Kenneth Martin

Do you have any shots of the paddle wheelers that went up and down the river when you were a kid Mike?

Paul Burrows
Paul Burrows

Great idea...just don't like the "ghostly" blend.

Bud Simmons
Bud Simmons

what good old days are they talking about. ? loved them all

Lizzy Shake
Lizzy Shake

Awesome! Thanks for thinking of me. :)

Rita Kiry Ryan
Rita Kiry Ryan

Thanks so much for posting. I LOVE reading about St. Louis history.

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