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378K Photos Added in The Virginias

Posted on 06/01/2022 by Alexis Petrie in New Content Releases

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We’re excited to announce we have added nearly 400 thousand new photos to our Virginia and West Virginia collection!

The Commonwealth of Virginia was first established in 1607 by The London Company creation of Jamestown. Virginia joined the United States on June 25,1788, as the tenth state. Its motto is “Sic Semper Tyrannis” or “Thus Always to Tyrants”. The state is geologically known for the Big Ridge Mountains, and Coastal Plains. Virginia is known as “The birthplace of a nation”. Today 333,141 photos have been added to our collection in Virginia This brings our total collection in Virginia over 1 million!

West Virginia was added to the United States on June 20, 1863, making it the 35th state to be added. The state’s motto is “Montani Semper Liberi” or “Mountaineers are Always Free”. There are four different geological areas of West Virginia, the Ohio River Valley, Allegheny Plateau, Allegheny Highlands and Potomac Section. West Virginia is known as “The Mountain State”, making it great for a number of outdoor activities. Today 45,198 photos have also been added to our collection in West Virginia! This brings our total collection in West Virginia over 430K!

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. In total we have added 378,339 photos to our collection.

Virginia Agricultural Data

  • Number of counties: 95
  • Population: 8,509,000
  • Farms: 43,000
  • Average Farm Size: 184 acres
  • Total Farm Land: 7.8 million acres
  • Agriculture Receipts: $70 billion


West Virginia Agricultural Data

  • Number of counties: 55
  • Population: 1,807,000
  • Farms: 23,00 (95% Family Owned)
  • Average Farm Size: 157 acres


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

416K Photos Added in Tennessee

Posted on 02/25/2022 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

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We’re excited to announce that over 416,000 photos have been added to our collection in Tennessee! This brings our total collection in Tennessee to over 740K and adds coverage in 12 additional counties.

This is the third batch of photos we’ve made available from our Champion Air Views collection after opening Texas last September.

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.


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.