Nebraska: Cornhusker State

Posted on 10/23/2019 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

“Equality before the law” is the official state motto

Today, we are excited to announce that over 100,000 photos are now available to search and view online. The Origin of Nebraska’s Name comes from an Oto Indian word meaning flat water. This seems odd as Nebraska was once called “The Great American Desert.” in 1872 Arbor Day was found by J. Sterling Morton. Since then millions of trees have planted for windbreaks, woodlots, and orchards. For myself when I think of Nebraska, solid college football comes to mind. The University of Nebraska has been to a record 27 consecutive bowl games and 27 consecutive winning seasons. In 1899 Cy Sherman referred to the team as the Cornhuskers, which was officially adopted one year later. in 1945 The state changed its official nickname form “Tree Planter’s State” to the “Cornhusker State.”

The term “cornhusker” comes from the method of harvesting or “husking” corn by hand, which was common in Nebraska before the invention of husking machinery. Nebraska is an agricultural juggernaut with close to 50,000 farms generating 25 billion dollars. Nearly nine million acres are planted to corn and produced nearly 1.5 billion bushels. Five million acres were planted to soybeans and produced nearly 268 million bushels. Nebraska’s dairy cows produce over one billion pounds of milk a year. Nebraska’s slaughter plants process nearly 6.8 million cattle and nearly 7.7 million hogs. Of the many farms involved in the agricultural business 86% are family owned and operated. Our collection of aerial photos focuses on these rural farming properties and we hope you find something meaningful within them. Here are a few of our visitors who did.

“My husband’s dad and his 11 siblings grew up on this farm in the 1940s and 50s. The original farmhouse was demolished and the home you see was built in the 50s. I’m gifting this to him on Christmas morning, I hope it will bring him joy every time he looks at it.”

“My mom grew up here, I spent a few summers in this house, it was my favorite place to be!”

“This is my family’s farm. There were four houses, my grandparents lived in one, my parents and our family in the second and my dad’s 2 brothers and their families in the other two.It was a dairy farm where we pasteurized and bottled our own milk. They also had farmland that grew corn, beans and milo. My dad is the only one still living on the farm. It was a wonderful place to grow up!”

Nebraska Agricultural Data

  • Number of counties: 93
  • Population: 1,826,341
  • Farms: 47,200 (86% Family Owned)
  • Female Farmers: 6,977
  • Average Farm Size: 966 acres
  • Total Farm Land: 45.6 million acres
  • Agriculture Receipts: 25 Billion

We invite you to come and take a look at these homes and farms in our collection of over 100,000 aerial photos of this great region. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!

Louisiana: The Pelican State

Posted on 09/30/2019 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

“Justice, Union and Confidence” is the official state motto

Today, we are excited to announce that nearly 115,000 photos are now available to search and view online. Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV. With its humid, subtropical climate Louisiana is home to 41% of the nation’s wetlands and has 5,000 miles of navigable waterways. You have probably heard of these referred to as a bayou, the French name for slow-moving “river.” The world-famous “Mardi Gras” is celebrated in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is an ancient custom that originated in southern Europe. It celebrates food and fun just before the 40 days of Lent. I have attended this wild event and it is quite the party with live music around every corner. The streets are filled with thousands of people and you can eat some of the best cajun seafood dishes in the world. Louisiana is the only state with a large population of Cajuns, descendants of the Acadians who were driven out of Canada in the 1700s because they wouldn’t pledge allegiance to the King of England. Like most southern states Louisiana has an old history. The first American army to have African American officers was the confederate Louisiana Native Guards. Between 1862, and 1864, 20 major Civil War battles and engagements were fought on Louisiana soil.

Because many of our photos focus on rural farming I always like to give some data on the agriculture industry. Louisiana ranks #1 in the nation in the production of crawfish, shrimp, alligators, menhadden, and oysters. The commercial fishing industry produces 25% of all seafood in the U.S. Forestry is the #1 agriculture industry in Louisiana with its 13.9 million acres of forests. Other top crops are rice, corn, sugarcane, soybeans, and cattle and calves. I think my favorite tidbit is, Louisiana is the sole source of the Tabasco pepper, a popular condiment known around the world. Finally, Louisiana is the 3rd largest producer of petroleum and the 2nd largest producer of natural gas in the U.S.

“This is my father’s farm”

“The tall, white building in the middle of the photo is the Cameron Parish Courthouse. This photo was taken prior to Hurricane Rita which destroyed many of the surrounding buildings.”

“This is my grandparents old house. It is where I currently live now, with very many changes over the years. This was taken the same year I was born. My mom and dad was also married in this front yard that same year.”

Louisiana Agricultural Data

  • Number of Parishes (counties): 64 (Vintage Aerial has photos in 45)
  • Population: 4,410,796
  • Farms: 28,093 (88% Family Owned)
  • Female Farmers: 3,914
  • Average Farm Size: 269 acres
  • Total Farm Land: 8.1 million acres
  • Agriculture Receipts: 3.8 Billion

We invite you to come and take a look at these homes and farms in our collection of nearly 115,000 aerial photos of this great region. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!

Florida: The Sunshine State

Posted on 09/06/2019 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

“In God We Trust” is the official state motto

Today, we are excited to announce that over 201,000 photos are now available to search and view online. Florida is well known as the ‘Sunshine State" with its 241 days of sunlight this is not just a clever name. I lived in Florida for a good part of my life and I know that with this sunshine also comes heat. I can remember sweltering in the sun doing yard work with my dad on the weekends. The sun and heat have influenced Floridas history, in 1851 Dr. John Gorrie invented mechanical refrigeration. In 1965 per Dwayne Douglas’s request the university of Floridas college of medicine came up with a drink to help keep his player hydrated. This new drink was named after the football teams mascot, cleverly dubbed Gatorade. The first suntan cream was invented in 1944 by Benjamin Green in Miami Beach.

All this sun may be a problem at times for us humans but it is perfect for great farming. Florida is ranked first in the U.S. in production of cucumbers, grapefruit, oranges, squash, sugarcane, fresh market snap beans, and fresh market tomatoes. In 2017, Florida ranked second in the nation in the production of greenhouse, nursery and miscellaneous products with cash receipts totaling over $2.088 billion. Florida accounted for 45 percent of the total U.S. citrus production with 78.1 million boxes of citrus in the 2016-2017 season. Generations of families have called these farms home. We hope we have preserved these memories with the photos in our collection and invite you to re-discover your history.

“Rodeway Inn”

“So proud to have found my Uncle Ron and Aunt Lettie’s shop “Riley’s Auto Electric” in Homosassa, FL serving Citrus County for decades with excellent service!"

“Watercraft America”

Florida Agricultural Data

  • Number of Counties: 67 (Vintage Aerial has photos in 50)
  • Population: 18,537,969
  • Farms: 47,500 (81% Family Owned)
  • Female Farmers: 10,880
  • Average Farm Size: 195 acres
  • Total Farm Land: 9.2 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 201,000 aerial photos of this great region. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!

Share Your Vintage Aerial Photo Contest!

Posted on 08/30/2019 by Lance Roper in Just for Fun

Example photo for contest submission

Over the past 10 years, we’ve helped thousands of you reconnect with a piece of your personal history. We’re inviting you to share a photo of your Vintage Aerial print in a fun and easy contest where you have a shot at winning a $250 Amazon Gift Card!

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.