As we talk to people about our photos we get all sorts of questions. One common misconception about our photos is that they are satellite images found on Google or elsewhere. While this is an understandable confusion it gives an opportunity to talk about one of the most interesting aspects of our history. So, what greater way to answer than with a picture?
This is a picture of a plane that would have been used to capture the millions and millions of pictures we have at Vintage Aerial. (more below)
Country music phenomenon Miranda Lambert recently broke the all-time record with 9 nominations in the upcoming Country Music Awards scheduled for November. Among all of her well appreciated musical accomplishments there is one song that justifiably stands out. The House That Built Me is a tale of personal trials and ultimate triumphs. It touches and inspires every listener when she sings about the house where she and her family endured particularly hard times. Recalling that house and those times is an act of both love and courage. And she no doubt pictures it as she sings. While everyone’s story is, of course, unique, the idea of actually picturing the house of our early years is common to us all. Personal, meaningful and powerful. We know that here at Vintage Aerial. We have been saving and restoring over 25 million photographs of family farms and homesteads taken all over the country over the last half of the century starting in the early 60s. Very few of us can sing for millions of people but when we see our own picture we can all feel for ourselves.
“Over 25 million pictures” has become one of those phrases that we say frequently here at Vintage Aerial. However, it might not mean much to anyone unless they’ve seen our library. Having over 700,000 rolls of film all stored in a secured, climate-controlled location is a bigger undertaking than one might expect. Here are a few photos that hardly scratch the surface of how our film is stored.