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Install WhatWasThere and your iPhone or iPod Touch becomes a portable portal into the past!

After launch, the app will detect where you are and show you any historic photographs that were captured nearby plotted on a map!

Switch into Camera view for an augmented reality experience of the history that surrounds you!

If you’re at a location where a historic photo was taken, enlarge the photo to full screen mode to use your camera and the on screen fader to transition between past and present!

Launch the Info screen for more detail, including source information should you want to investigate further!

No photos nearby? Visit us at to contribute to the experience!

This is our first release with many enhancements coming soon. Please contact us with any issues and suggestions at - we want to hear from you!

WhatWasThere - Put history in its place!

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Customer Reviews

Good start but major gaps

Nice concept that will get better as more content is loaded. But inability to pinch-to-zoom is a major drawback since you can't explore the pictures. Also the app only keys off of current location and doesn't allow you to enter an alternate location. I have a friend going to Cambridge and wanted to view that area. No can do until you're physically there. The app is too limited at this point for major use.

See history live

Cool idea, great way to explore a city and a must for historic preservationists. Still, more often than not it doesn't work out on the street - I get a can't load error. Bummer.

When it does work I love it. Historic image is superimposed over a view from your phone's camera. You can adjust the transparency of the historic image and line it up just right.

Historic images are user submitted, so if there are none for your town or neighborhood, get to work! Submit through their website, it's very easy and is keyed to google maps.

This app wouldn't be worth it if you didn't have a camera and data connection. Need both for the on-the-street experience.

Great idea

I really like this idea. It does feel a bit rough around the edges still but it looks like a keeper. The more people that use this and contribute images the better it will get. I'll be adding some should too!

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  • Free
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 4.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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