You almost want to call out: “Watch out, guys! It’s the streetcar!”
Except that the streetcar is from the Toronto of today, rolling down the tracks as they are being laid in 1923.
Rephotography—the art of recreating a shot taken in the past—has started to gain some popularity in recent years. For the most part, photographers will present two separate images. The very best will try and merge the old and new. This gets really tricky as the photographer needs to figure out the exact angle and coordinates the original was shot, what lens was likely to have been used, and the zoom factor.
Some of the finest examples of rephotography I have seen of my neck of the woods is by Toronto photographer Harry Enchin. He combines old and new in such a way that two eras co-mingle, people and all. Most of the old pictures are from the City of Toronto archives, typically from the pre-World War era.
I’ve posted a few samples below, but I encourage you to visit Enchin’s website (). If you happen to live in or around Toronto, Enchin also exhibits occasionally.