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We’re excited to announce another 92,000 images available for browsing on the West Coast!
The vast majority of these photographs are being released without approximate locations because the original flight path maps have been missing for decades. This means that in order to geolocate these images so that we can allow visitors to search by address or keyword, we need the help of people in these areas to help us identify photographs!
Here’s a look at what happens when photos are geolocated. Even in areas missing map data, we can recreate flight path maps when visitors pin locations. Once enough photos have been identified, we can enable visitors to search these areas by address and keyword!
Our hope is to crowdsource the identification of these photos, which means we need help spreading the word that they exist. If you, or anyone you know has a connection to any of these rural areas, let them know they can begin browsing through our collection from the 1960s.
At Vintage Aerial, we’ve been working hard to turn our vision into reality, which we feel is encapsulated in our mission statement:
As a result, we’re on track to make nearly 2 million photographs available for searching and browsing by the end of this June! Our hope is that anyone with a connection to rural America will use our collection to reconnect with their past by viewing our photos and sharing memories with us.
The list below contains the states and counties we’ve made available as of today. Enjoy!
Over the past five years, we’ve helped thousands of people recover important pieces of their family history through our massive collection of historic aerial photographs. These photographs, once identified, have been preserved digitally and made available as archival-quality prints. As we’ve always said, our prints are family heirlooms the day they arrive.
Steps for Searching Our Collection
Here at Vintage Aerial, we receive hundreds of requests each day to find historic photos of family farms and rural homes. It is our desire to offer the highest quality of service on those requests, therefore it’s important to understand exactly how our process works.
We currently have an archive of over 25 million photographs. Digitizing, mapping, and indexing this collection is a momentous challenge. We insist on the utmost care at each stage of the process, to insure that each irreplaceable photograph is captured and preserved as perfectly as possible. This process is a work in progress.
To insure that you find the photo you are looking for, we offer the services of our Vintage Aerial Librarians. Our Librarians are experts at taking your information, searching our collection, and presenting you with a small pool of relevant photos.
We often receive stories from our customers when they give one of our photographs as a gift. Every story seems to focus on how the recipient reacted when they saw the photograph. Here’s a great example of what I mean:
We’re excited to announce that we’ve made 52 counties in Texas available for free interactive browsing. That’s an incredible 389,785 photographs! All you need to do is type in a current address and our system will locate photos near that location. (Links are provided at the bottom of this post.)
This technology is still under development and we’re looking for suggestions on how to improve the way everything works and feels. Please email any ideas or thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at Vintage Aerial are deeply grateful for your interest in our site and your participation in the excitement that surrounds our archive of historical photographs. Your engagement with the community that has built up around our photos has helped confirm for us the immense value of what we’ve begun building.
Our company is small – it is owned and operated by a small group of amateur historians and programmers who’ve invested their time and money in a shared vision of the company and what it can become. In a very short time (little more than one year), we’ve scanned more than 3 million photos and have developed our own technology that seamlessly ties each photo to its unique location so they can be found by address, intersection, or coordinates. This technology makes it much easier for you to find, so they’re readily available online to people like you, who want to look at them, share them, and talk about them. As large as that accomplishment is, it reflects only about 1/8th of the photos in our film archive, so we have lots more to do.
Take a look at the new Twitter account, @VintageStories. Follow this account to be updated as new customers leave their family memories on our site! (For other ways to find us on the web check out our Facebook & Twitter pages.)
Check out our Holiday Promotion! Click “Discover your photos” above to get started!
We are aware many visitors expect to see photos immediately on our site, but up to now, we haven’t been able to create the right set of tools to explore the collection. The sheer size and analog format of the collection present unique challenges, but strides in digital imaging technology, data storage, GIS (geographic information systems), and tools we’ve been developing have made it possible to simply enter an address and quickly find a single photo from perhaps 50 years ago….(continued below)
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