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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!

New England: Yankee Country

Posted on 01/23/2019 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Historic home of Robert Lincoln, only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood.

Today, we are excited to announce that more than 280,000 aerial photos of New England are now available to search and view online. The explorer John Smith gave New England its name. New England’s geography is very diverse. The region is bounded to the north by Canada, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by Long Island Sound, and to the west by the state of New York. New England’s wildlife ranges from whales and dolphins to thousands of species of birds and wild moose.

New England’s history and culture has been shaped over hundreds of years by immigrants from Europe. The region was one of the earliest English settlements in the “New World” following the arrival of the Pilgrims, who set sail from England aboard the Mayflower in 1620 in search of religious freedom. By the late 18th century, the British colonies of New England were some of the first to demonstrate for independence from the British Crown; one of the most notable demonstrations was the Boston Tea Party of 1773. The American Revolutionary war broke out shortly after in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence was signed and adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

New England has close to 15 million people, the three southern states of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are more densely populated than the northern states, with the most populated urban areas being situated along the eastern coastline. The people of New England are known for their warm hospitality, friendly manner and down-to-earth approach to life. New Englanders love their food and take full advantage of the regional produce. There’s nothing like apple cider during the fall, pancakes with real maple syrup, a clambake on the beach or some Yankee pot roast on a cold night. Then there are the clams, the vital ingredient for New England’s very own clam chowder. There are also a number of microbreweries, distilleries and vineyards to be explored throughout the region.

Farming has been a part of New England’s landscape and history for centuries. Due to population growth, development and urban sprawl, the amount of land left producing food in New England is only 4 million acres, about 5%. Farming still has an enduring and important presence in the six-state region, from the dairy farms and maple sugarhouses of Vermont to the cranberry bogs of Massachusetts and blueberry fields of Maine. 30 percent of New England farmers are 65 and older and with the younger generation moving into larger cities the threat of the farming industry shrinking even further is very real. Farming currently produces 3 billion dollars per year.

We invite you to come and take a look at these homes and farms in our collection of more than 280,000 aerial photos of this great region. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!

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Georgia: Empire State of the South

Posted on 11/02/2018 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

Georgia Monument located at Chickamauga Battlefield in Poe Field. Part of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

Today, we are excited to announce that more than 585,000 aerial photos of Georgia are now available to search and view online. Georgia was named for King George II of England, it was founded in 1732 by a British Member of Parliament James Oglethorpe as a felon colony. Oglethorpe wanted to use the colony as a place for prisoners who could not pay their debts. The social reformer believed that many debtors were released back into cities without any form of support. He wanted to take these people and give them a second chance in a new place.  Georgia is often called the Empire State of the South and is also known as the Peach State. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River, the Okefenokee Swamp encompasses over 400,000 acres of canals; moss draped cypress trees, and lily pad prairies providing sanctuaries for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife including several endangered species. The beautiful landscape can be seen at the annual Masters Golf Tournament which is played at the Augusta National in Augusta every first week of April. the event was created after the club was denied as a venue for the US Open. There are some odd laws one should keep in mind while in Georgia as you might be breaking them unknowingly, Carrying ice cream in your back pocket on Sundays is against the law. There is also a law stating you cannot spread a rumor if it is false. You are not allowed to hook a giraffe to a pole or street lamp in Georgia and in Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.

Georgia was the last of the original 13 colonies and the 4th state to join the Union in 1776. Georgia was the first colony to produce cotton commercially, first planting it near Savannah in 1734. In 1828 Auraria, near the city of Dahlongea, was the site of the first Gold Rush in America. Wesleyan College is the birthplace of the first sororities as it became the first college in the world to grant degrees to women in 1839. In 1861 Georgia became the 5th state to join the Confederacy. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park safeguards the sites of two major battles of the American Civil War: the Battle of Chickamauga and the Chattanooga Campaign making it the site of the bloodiest battle in American history. Coca-Cola was invented in May 1886 by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta. The name “Coca-Cola” was suggested by Dr. Pemberton’s bookkeeper. At present, the headquarter of Coca-Cola is in Atlanta. Atlanta is known as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement; you can find Martin Luther King Jr.’s house on Auburn Ave. In 1945, Georgia became the first state to lower the legal voting age from 21 to 18. The 1996 Olympic Games were hosted by Atlanta, and the games were certainly the largest as a record 197 nations participated in the Games.

It’s no wonder that Georgia is an agricultural powerhouse, considering the diverse topography and climate of its 10.1 million acres of farmland. This land covers 28 percent of the state and ranges from coast to mountains, making it ideal for the production of a variety of agricultural commodities. There are 47,800 farms averaging 212 acres, one in seven Georgians is employed in agriculture, forestry or related fields. Georgia’s annual $13 billion farming value is composed of some top commodities, including broilers (chickens for meat), cotton, chicken eggs, vegetables, melons, peanuts and more. Poultry and eggs contributed $5.4 billion to Georgia’s total farming value, and more than two-thirds of Georgia’s counties are involved in poultry production and processing. Our collection has aerial photos of many of these farms dating back to 1977!

We invite you to come and take a look at these homes and farms in our collection of more than 585,000 aerial photos of this great state. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!

When searches get difficult

Posted on 10/12/2018 by Lance Roper in Company Updates

We’re kicking off a short series to provide some pro-tips for identifying photos in our collection. To begin, we’ll talk about where these photos came from and the various factors that come into play when some users experience difficulty when searching for a specific photograph.

Way Back When

In the early 1950s, cottage aerial photography businesses began to form around the country. Their goal was to photograph rural homes and farms and sell framed enlargements door-to-door. They started by hiring pilots to take photographs of areas they thought to be ripe with prospects.

The pilots created flight path maps and marked their location mid-flight each time they took 35-37 pictures, or consumed a roll of film. As soon as their film was developed, a salesman could begin peddling framed enlargements using the map as a reference to the location of the film.

A snippet of an original flight path map.

West Virginia: Montani Semper Liberi

Posted on 09/07/2018 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

Outdoor advertising had its origin in Wheeling about 1908 when the Block Brothers Tobacco Company painted bridges and barns with “Treat Yourself to the Best, Chew Mail Pouch.”

Today, we are excited to announce that nearly 385,000 aerial photos of West Virginia are now available to search and view online. West Virginia is nicknamed the Mountain State and the motto is “Mountaineers Are Always Free” sometimes displayed as the Latin phrase, Montani Semper Liberi. The state was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth of England. Tourism is the state’s leading industry. For many years, coal was the leading industry.

West Virginia is considered the southern most northern state and the northern most southern state. Because of its location, West Virginia played a major role in the Civil War. Bailey Brown, the first Union soldier killed in the Civil War, died on May 22, 1861, at Fetterman in Taylor County. Weeks later the first major land battle in the Civil War, the Battle of Philippi, was fought between Union and Confederate soldiers on June 3, 1861. Two years later West Virginia was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, by a proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

On February 14, 1824, at Harpers Ferry, John S. Gallaher published the “Ladies Garland,” one of the first papers in the nation devoted mainly to the interests of women. This focus on women’s rights and interests continued throughout West Virginia’s history. On May 10th 1908 the first Mother’s Day was observed at Andrews Church in Grafton. A bit on the darker side but still an important change in the women’s rights movement was the first federal prison exclusively for women in the United States opened in 1926. In 1928 Mrs. Minnie Buckingham Harper was the first African American woman to become a member of a legislative body in the United States.

West Virginia has a total of 3.7 million acres of farmland, consisting of around 23,000 farms averaging in size of about 157 acres. West Virginia’s Agriculture industry has an economic impact of $806 million dollars per year. Hay, grown to feed the state’s livestock, is the #1 crop, providing 2% of West Virginia’s total agricultural receipts. Broilers (young chickens) are the state’s #1 agricultural commodity, generating about 31% of West Virginia’s total agricultural receipts. Other major crops of West Virginia are apples, peaches, soybeans, and tobacco. Our collection has aerial photos of many of these farms dating back to 1973!

We invite you to come and take a look at these homes and farms in our nearly 385,000 aerial photos of this great state. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!