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2013 calendar mixes views of past, present

Pictures show cover calendar as well as sample inside images.

Pictures show the cover of the calendar as well as a sample of the inside images.

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Updated: December 27, 2012 6:07AM

AURORA — The 2013 version of the Aurora Historical Society’s popular calendar features Aurora’s architectural heritage as remembered and recorded during the city’s 175th anniversary year.

“Vintage Aurora: 2013” depicts 12 buildings in the downtown area as they appeared in years past, with new images superimposed.

Photo enthusiast Charlie Start haunted the locales over the summer, looking to replicate the angles of the original photographs and yet capture 21st century life swirling about them.

“It was a challenging project,” said Historical Society Executive Director John Jaros, who edited the publication. “There were some buildings, like the GAR, that we really wanted to include, but the massive clutter of the Downer Place bridge construction, which is only now being cleared away, made it completely impossible over the summer.”

Start, who was tasked with creating the pairings, said, “Old photographs from view cameras can be incredibly precise and beautiful. Those cameras ‘saw’ things in ways modern digital cameras cannot.

“It was frustrating, sometimes, and yet this calendar creates a fascinating visual feast. You can enjoy it just looking at the architecture and the city in which it is embedded, or from a technical point of view, thinking about cameras, how they work and what they preserve for the future.”

The calendar is available at the historical society gift shop at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. The gift shop is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays in November. From Dec. 1 through 23, the gift shop will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with Thursday hours noon to 8 p.m.

The calendar costs $14.95. It may also be purchased at the historical society’s Tanner House Museum, or online at For information, visit the website or call 630-906-0650.

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