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Evolving the Vintage Aerial Brand

Posted on 07/18/2019 by Lance Roper in Company Updates

In the early days of Vintage Aerial, we were eager to begin unveiling our collection to the world. Constrained by limited resources, our founding members used their knack for agile development to build a website that accomplished our most basic objective – to display online photographs that had been trapped in analog rolls of film for nearly 50 years.

We’ve spent the ten years of our existence converting analog film to digital images, and creating architecture that catalogs a vast and complicated collection while making it easily accessible to all. We have done that, and so much more, in furtherance of our mission to collect and present aerial photos of rural America in a way that evokes personal, family, and community memories and that encourages the sharing of our common history.

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Arkansas: "The Natural State"

Posted on 06/24/2019 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

Regnat Populus is the official state motto, it means “The People Rule.”

Today, we are excited to announce that over 267,000 photos are now available to search and view online.

The Name Arkansas comes from the Sioux acansa which means “downstream people.” Arkansas became the 25th state in 1836. Since the 1830s the area now known as Hot Springs National Park has bathed notables as diverse as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone. The now household name Wal-Mart was founded by Sam Walton in Bentonville. Arkansas has 33.3 million acres of land, forests cover more than 56 percent of Arkansas’ landscape. The Buffalo River is one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states. Agriculture is Arkansas’ largest industry, adding around $16 billion to the state’s economy annually. The Natural State’s diverse landscape and climate produce a wide variety of Arkansas agricultural products. Arkansas is a major exporter of rice, soybeans, cotton, poultry and feed grains. A whopping 97 percent of these farms are still family owned. Generations of families have called these farms home. We hope we have preserved these memories with the photos in our collection and invite you re-discover your history.

“This is my Grandpa Garrett’s farm”


“I went to this school for 10 years, and graduated in 1966. The main buildings are now gone, replaced with new and beautiful buildings”


“This is where my dad grew up. A lot has changed since this pic was taken”


Arkansas Agricultural Data

  • Number of Counties: 75 (Vintage Aerial has photos in 60)
  • Population: 2,889,450
  • Farms: 49,000 (97% Family Owned)
  • Female Farmers: 20,000
  • Average Farm Size: 281 acres
  • Total Farm Land: 13.8 million acres
  • Agriculture Receipts: 16 Billion


We invite you to come and take a look at these homes and farms in our collection of over 267,000 aerial photos of this great region. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!

Mississippi “Big River”

Posted on 04/19/2019 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

Virtute et armis is the official state motto, it means “By valor and arms.”

Today, we are excited to announce that over 60,000 aerial photos of Mississippi are now available to search and view online.

The state is named after the Mississippi River. The native word for the river was messipi, which means “Big River.” Like many other southern states, Mississippi has a long history it was the 20th state to join the union in 1817. In 1898 a man named Edward Barq invented root beer in Biloxi. His company Barq’s is now owned by Coca-Cola. “The King” Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo in 1935. There are many other famous names that came from Mississippi such as Walter Payton, the first football player to appear on Wheaties box, and the legendary puppeteer Jim Henson. The people who really make Mississippi are the people who live and work there, those who have farmed the land and for generations made it their home. We have many of these memories captured in our collection. Here are just a few and we invite you to come and create your own!

“My grandfather owned this property growing up we hauled milk. Now it’s all subdivided. J & A enterprise”


“I Grew up in these woods at same time these photos where taken on!”


Mississippi Agricultural Data

  • Number of Counties: 82 (Vintage Aerial has photos in only 29)
  • Population: 2,938,618
  • Farms: 42,000
  • Farmers: 38,076
  • Female Farmers: 5,282
  • Average Farm Size: 273 acres
  • Total Farm Land: 11.4 million acres
  • Agriculture Receipts: 7.4 Billion


We invite you to come and take a look at these homes and farms in our collection of over 60,000 aerial photos of this great region. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!

Alabama "Audemus jura nostra defendere"

Posted on 04/04/2019 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

Audemus jura nostra defendere is the official state motto, it means “we dare defend our rights.”

Today, we are excited to announce that over 316,000 aerial photos of Alabama are now available to search and view online.

The name “Alabama” comes from a combination of two Choctaw words: “Alba,” meaning plants and “Amo,” meaning picker. This name rings true as Alabama is one of the leading producers of cotton and produces 5.6 billion with its agriculture industry. While Alabama has many nicknames such as the “Heart of Dixie” or the “cotton state,” none of them have been made official. Like many of the southern states, Alabama has a rich history from the first Confederate flag flown in 1861 to Rosa Parks’ refusal to move from her seat on a Montgomery bus which helped spark a prominent civil rights movement. Throughout this history, there have been many prominent people to hail from Alabama. In 1880 Hellen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, an American author, political activist, and lecturer. Nat King Cole was born in Montgomery in 1919 known as the man with the velvet voice. In 1934 Hank Aaron was born in mobile and went on to beat Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974 with 715 home runs. People are the reason we at VA do what we do, famous or not the people who live in a community are what shape the landscape and culture. Aerial photos are a great way to get a glimpse of what it was like and who the people were that shaped our world. Here are just a few people who have found some meaningful history in our collection:

“This is my great Grandaddy’s home. A lot has changed over the years. A few years after this photo, my granddaddy started Sonny’s BBQ after retiring from farming. In 2011, both homes and business were destroyed by an EF-4 tornado. Homes were rebuilt”


I grew up here with my two brothers and parents. Of course, the trailer, shop, and fence are gone. The only thing remaining is the concrete base of my dad’s shop, which now serves as the basketball court for their grandkids.


This is the home of Gerald & Francis Willis, in the Nances Creek community.


Alabama Agricultural Data

  • Number of Counties: 67 (Vintage Aerial has photos in 50!)
  • Population: 4,903,151
  • Farms: 48,500
  • Farmers: 19,114
  • Female Farmers: 6,374
  • Average Farm Size: 186 Acres
  • Total Farm Land: 9 Million Acres
  • Agriculture Receipts: $5.6 Billion


We invite you to come and take a look at these homes and farms in our collection of nearly 330,000 aerial photos of this great region. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!

South Carolina “Dum Spiro, Spero”

Posted on 02/18/2019 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

There are more peaches produced in South Carolina than in Georgia. In the town of Gaffney, this water tower shaped like a giant peach was built in the 1980s to honor the region’s peach farmers.

Today, we are excited to announce that nearly 200,000 aerial photos of South Carolina are now available to search and view online. The state motto is the Latin phrase “Dum spiro, spero,” which translates to “While I breathe, I hope.” Before being known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina was known as, and had emblazoned on their license plates, the Iodine State. This motto was an effort by the South Carolina Natural Resources Commission to publicize the high levels of iodine found in the state’s fruits and vegetables. South Carolina is very often clumped together with its neighbor to the north but South Carolina boasts its own unique history, cultures, and way of life. Stretching 60 miles from Little River to Georgetown, South Carolina’s Grand Strand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

South Carolina entered the Union on May 23, 1788 and became the 8th state. On April 12, 1861, the Civil War began at Fort Sumter in South Carolina when Confederate soldiers opened fire on the Union soldiers guarding the sea fort. David Robert Coker conducted his early crop-improvement experiments on the family plantation in Hartsville. Beginning with 30 experimental cotton selections and methodically applying the latest techniques in the scientific breeding of crops, the work of Coker Experimental Farms played a great role in the agricultural revolution in the South. The introduction of tobacco in 1894 rocketed Mullins into the Tobacco Capital of South Carolina. As many as 200 tobacco barns sprang up throughout the community and the first tobacco sale took place on August 28, 1895.

South Carolina has a long history in agriculture and it is still the prominent industry in the state today. The Lake City tobacco market was established in 1898, and has grown to become one of the two largest markets in South Carolina today. South Carolina is the nation’s leading peach producer east of the Mississippi River. Broilers are the most produced agricultural commodity by value. Fresh market fruits and vegetable produced include cucumbers, snap beans and tomatoes, melons, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. South Carolina greenhouse and nursery products generate around $240 million per year. South Carolina is home to the only tea farm in North America, The Charleston Tea Plantation. There are over 26,000 farms averaging 189 acres. These farms cover 4.8 million acres of land. The total economic impact of South Carolina’s agriculture industry is over 40 billion dollars a year.

We invite you to come and take a look at these homes and farms in our collection of nearly 200,000 aerial photos of this great region. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!