February 2011

Mystery Monday (2/21 - Revealed)

Posted on 02/21/2011 by Sam Melden

UPDATE: We have revealed the location of our mystery photo at WhatWasThere.

Mystery Monday 2/14 Revealed

Posted on 02/18/2011 by Sam Melden

This week’s photo is from McSherrytown, PA – taken in 1966.

Mystery Monday (2/14)

Posted on 02/14/2011 by Sam Melden

Another week, another Mystery Monday! Here is the entry for this week. Read the guidelines below, then comment and be sure to include the Google Maps link.

Mystery Monday (2/7) Revealed

Posted on 02/11/2011 by Sam Melden

This week’s photo is Heini’s Cheese Chalet in Berlin, OH. (Map) Thank you to Annis & Brad for your correct guesses. We will be in touch. Make sure to check back for next week’s Mystery Monday!

Technology and History Preservation

Posted on 02/10/2011 by Kevin Marsh

Technology and History are almost contradictory. Often we hear news stories of a new technology coming along and eradicating the past. We certainly recognize the theme in the story of our photographic collection. Modern “progress” in the form of shopping malls, corporate farms, and urban sprawl are encroaching on rural America as many of us remember it. But the beauty of Vintage Aerial’s product and service is that today’s advanced digital imaging, GIS, and web technology are combining to preserve the past.

Digital Imaging

At the heart of our collection are the photographs. But the photos shot from the 1960s to even the late 1990s were shot on (black and white) film, and live in a protected vault of film canisters.

Inside the Vintage Aerial film vault.

We’re scanning and digitizing some 700,000 rolls of this film. Each image is stored as a lossless-compressed TIFF file that is around 6 megabytes. When we’re finished scanning, the the total collection will take up about 150 terabytes.

Mystery Monday (2/7)

Posted on 02/07/2011 by Sam Melden

Last week’s Mystery Monday photo contest was relatively easy. We wanted to get some interest by putting out a well known photo. But, from now on they will be a bit more “Mysterious.” With that here is the Mystery Monday entry for this week! Read the guidelines below, then comment and make sure to include the Google Maps link!

Mystery Photo Revealed

Posted on 02/04/2011 by Sam Melden

This week we rolled out our first ever Mystery Monday Photo and we got a very quick response. Our winner this week is Delana Gilmore.

Check back Monday for the next Mystery Photo contest. We are going to make it a bit harder this time!

This week’s photo was: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

1983 in Albemarle County, Virginia. Link to Google Maps.