Time Traveling: Now and Then Pictures

Brian Unger goes "back in time" to show you how today's iconic landmarks used to look.

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Natural Beauty?

Natural Beauty?

Mary Colter’s structures were paradoxically designed to appear undesigned. The stones in Hermit’s Rest were hand-picked, tinted and stacked to appear perfectly natural, as if they had been there for millions of years, like the canyon itself. 960 1280

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The Original CGI

The Original CGI

It’s proper to look over one’s own shoulder but rude to look over someone else’s. But when it involves a stick figure with your own name on it — au revoir, etiquette! This lap belongs to director Pete Takacs, and he’s setting up what will later become a CGI image of me standing next to Mary Colter’s beautiful Desert View Watchtower on Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim, circa 1932. 960 1280

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Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Asymmetrical windows along the watchtower’s circular climb frame the view of the canyon below, as if Colter had hung spectacularly vivid paintings of landscapes she painted herself. 960 1280

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Packing Light

Packing Light

Time travel involves dozens of bags, boxes, cases, tubes and hundreds of pounds of gear, in addition to the crew’s personal luggage. In fact, the airport skycaps run away when they see us arrive at airports. 960 1280

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Shooting Tombstone

Shooting Tombstone

Pete Takacs, an associate producer at the time, and I take a load off on the hot metal bleachers after a long day of shooting in Tombstone, AZ. Audience members wanting to sit for the re-enactors would drive us away, despite our badges and Pete’s 6-foot-6 height. 960 1280

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Dueling TV Hosts

Dueling TV Hosts

If you’re ever challenged to a duel … 960 1280

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Hat Trick

Hat Trick

… to survive, wear a tiny cowboy hat to distract your opponent.   960 1280

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Rollin' With My Homies

Rollin' With My Homies

Here, these Tombstone, AZ, re-enactors act as if they’re not annoyed by my adorable hat. 960 1280

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Which One is Real?

Which One is Real?

Me with Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, AZ. When you’re hanging with animatronics, you know you’ve hit the big time. 960 1280

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There is Hope

There is Hope

Along the walkway on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is signage that’s direct and to the point. 960 1280

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A Different View

A Different View

Time travelers and some crew members under the Golden Gate Bridge at one of its anchoring points. Hard to believe it was designed and built from 1933 to 1937 without the help of a single Apple device. 960 1280

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What's Your Sleep Number?

What's Your Sleep Number?

Soundman Mark Mariaca and cameraman Dusty Glenn discover that director Rennik Soholt is a stomach sleeper. 960 1280

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Deep Thoughts

Deep Thoughts

This view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon inspires a feeling of awe. And this photo adds a sense of confusion — is that what my butt looks like? 960 1280

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