It’s been a while since my previous postcard composite of the Nairobi Train Station. Bill over at Touring Central Florida has been hard at work collecting postcards and I’ve been going through them to find ones that might work for my project.
Now that Howl-O-Scream and Christmastown are over and the decorations have been taken down I’ve started working on it again. I’ve tried several different postcards from a few different parts of the park but so far none have worked. We found this one of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery that used to sit in what is now Gwazi Field. The photo is from a Busch Gardens souvenir booklet from the early 1960s. It shows their flamingos with the prominent brewery building in the background. Much of this area remains the same as it was then but the brewery was demolished in 1996.
How it looks today
Today this part of the park looks very much the same as it did in the 60s. You can see how much the foliage has grown in over the years now that the brewery is gone but aside from that not much has changed in the habitat. You will also notice that you can see Gwazi peaking out behind the foliage off to the right. This area allowed me the perfect opportunity to show what the area could look like today had the brewery remained.
The composite image
For this composite I superimposed the brewery building as close as I could to where we believe it sat based on the original photo. It took a little while to get the scaling to look right but we are confident this is pretty close to what it would look like. Next I took out the most of the overgrown foliage that now occupies the area where the brewery sat and cleaned up the edges to make the images flow into one another. Finally I did a little color correcting to make it look more like it was part of the image rather than a 1960s print. You can see the before and after of the two images below and how things have changed over the years.