530K Additional Photos Added in Texas

Posted on 09/17/2021 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

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We’re excited to announce that over 530,000 photos have been added to our collection in Texas! This adds to our collection of over 700K images in Texas we released in April 2020 bringing our grand total to over 1.2 Million historic aerial photos of the Lone Star state!

This is the second batch of photos we’ve made available from our newly acquired Champion Air Views collection after opening Ohio last April.

We are glad to share these new photos with you, please join us in bringing them to life. You can search by address or map location as normal and any new film in the area will appear with NEWLY ADDED on the roll. If you would like to see a breakdown of all the new film you can do that here.

Maureen Taylor's Photo Detective Podcast

Posted on 08/27/2021 by Lance Roper in In the News

We recently had the pleasure of speaking to Maureen Taylor on the Photo Detective Podcast where we talked about our company history, our collection, and our process. Maureen is an expert on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history. She is involved with genealogical societies, museums, conferences, and other organizations across the U.S., and abroad.  She’s the author of several books, hundreds of articles, and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show. 

Listen to the podcast here, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a comment below and let us know what you thought!

New Collection: Champion Air Views in Ohio

Posted on 04/02/2021 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

Today we are very excited to be adding 116,000 aerial photographs to our online Ohio collection. The photos are from the Champion Air Views library, which we’re happy to have acquired as part of our commitment to find, preserve, and share lost collections of aerial photographs of rural America. This release reflects only 3% of the entire Champion collection and represents our first step in making the entire collection available for search in the coming months.

The History

In 1957 a young man named Lee Champion landed a sales job for an aerial photography company as a door-to-door salesman. Five years later Lee had learned a lot about this business and decided he wanted to start his own company. He and his boss worked out a deal, splitting the country between them. According to legend, during this meeting they drew a line diagonally across a US map separating the South from the upper Midwest, mostly protecting each other’s sales territory. Lee soon opened the doors for his new company Champion Air Views. During the company’s lifetime around 4.4 million photos across 32 states were taken and film preserved. Upon his retirement he sold the collection which changed hands a few times before Vintage Aerial finally acquired it to preserve and share this beautiful film.

The Collection

The style and quality of photos in this collection fits in well with our other photos: shot at low altitudes with an oblique angle in 35mm black and white film to capture extraordinary detail of land and life years ago. Unfortunately the flight mapping and record keeping was not as meticulous and as a result there is some film with no locations and a lot with fuzzy dates. We are confident our community will be able to use landmarks and features like cars to help us determine more precise dates and locations.

Here are a few examples of some shots in this release:

Family home near Columbus Grove, OH in 1995.

Carter Lumber near Albany, OH in 1986.

Saint Angela Merici Church in Fayetteville in 1986.

Photo of the Champion Air Views collection in our archive.

We are excited to be sharing these new photos with you, please join us in bringing them to life. You can search by address or map location as normal and any new film in the area will appear with NEWLY ADDED on the roll. If you would like to see a breakdown of all the new film you can do that here.

Texas: The Lone Star State

Posted on 04/28/2020 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

“Friendship” is the official state motto

Today, we are excited to announce that over 750,000 photos are now available to search and view online. As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas, and the agriculture industry is no exception. for example The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island. The Lone Star State leads the nation in total number of farms and, with more than 245,000 farms averaging around 530 acres in size. These farms take up a staggering 130 million acres of land. Texas farmers are very family focused, with nearly 99 percent of Texas farms and ranches being family owned. Texas agriculture’s total economic impact reaches $115 billion annually, and one out of every seven Texans works in agriculture. The top commodities include cattle and calves, cotton and dairy products. Our collection of aerial photos focuses on these rural farming properties and we hope you find something meaningful within them. Here are a few of our visitors who did.

“I was born in this house 83 years ago. The buildings are gone, but I still own the farm.”

“The First Baptist Church in Miami, Texas. My grandmother was the nursery teacher there for years, my aunt was married in this church and at 99 years my grandmother’s funeral was held in this church.”

“Wet n Wild water park Garland Texas, when six flags bought out the company they closed this location almost immediately. It was promptly torn down and CarMax was built where it once was.”

Texas Agricultural Data

  • Number of counties: 254 (Vintage Aerial has photos in 239)
  • Population: 26,448,193
  • Farms: 247,500 (99% Family Owned)
  • Female Farmers: 120,000
  • Average Farm Size: 527 acres
  • Total Farm Land: 130 million acres
  • Agriculture Receipts: $115 billion

We invite you to come and take a look at these homes and farms in our collection of over 750,000 aerial photos of this great region. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!

COVID-19 and its impact on us

Posted on 03/24/2020 by Lance Roper in Company Updates

Update: We’ve resumed fulfillment of all our products.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we’re making some important changes to ensure the safety of our employees and suppliers.

Effective immediately, all printed products such as Canvas Wraps, Photographic Prints, and Framed Prints will be temporarily unavailable for purchase. This is a drastic measure for us, but we’re certain it will help reduce the spread of this virus by eliminating the kind of person-to-person contact required to manufacture these products.

We promise to fulfill any orders that have already been placed for printed products, although there may be minor delays as suppliers and carriers navigate these unprecedented conditions.

Digital Files will continue to be available at a heavily discounted price of $129 until we’re able to safely resume normal operations. With your support, we can endure this difficult time and continue the important work of preserving historic content.

We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our staff. Most of our small team will be working from home, while others are working in accordance with CDC workplace and social-distancing guidelines.

We wish peace and safety to you and your loved ones, and may we all emerge from this tragedy stronger than before.


The Vintage Aerial Team