Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:36:17 +0100
From: Gary Price <[hidden email]>
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Subject: [ResourceShelf] Newsletter No.415
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Number 415 July 2, 2009
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But I think you'll like our Resource of the Week. Everyone loves
aerial imagery, and historical aerial imagery is downright
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Resource of the Week: Historical Aerials By Shirl Kennedy,
Heres another time-sink for you. How could you not love this site?
HistoricAerials.com <http://www.historicaerials.com/> provides free
online access to historic and current aerial photography. You can
view aerial photography from the 1930s through today. Use our
multi-year comparison tools to detect changes in property.
If you just want to look at cool aerial pictures, scroll down to the
bottom of the page, to Points of Interest. Click on the Show
Categories link. Those who regularly follow us on ResourceShelf know
that we kind of got lost looking at aerial pictures of sports stadiums
old and new, such as:
* Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia (1970)
* Polo Grounds, New York City (1964)
* Soldier Field, Chicago (2007)
* Candlestick Park, San Francisco (2005)
(We were, however, less than crazy about the fact that after choosing
a category to browse and clicking on an image, we were basically
bounced out of that category when the large-size image was displayed,
and we had to go back and start all over again.)
Of course you'll want to click on the Oddities category, although
right now, there are only four images available - Michael Jackson's
Neverland Ranch (2005), a blimp and its shadow (1957), Airliner in
Flight (2002), and the ever-popular 'Boneyard' of mothballed aircraft
at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (2004)
Other imagery categories include: airports, American cities, amusement
parks, construction, landmarks, mansions, military, states, Texas,
zoos. Some categories have only a few images. Others are stocked with
If this was just a collection of static aerial imagery, it wouldn't be
much different from other, similar sites like Bird's Eye Tourist, for
example. But Historical Aerials has a variety of tools that allow you
to search for a geographic area, manipulate the images, extract more
information from them, and look at images from the same location over
a number of different years. A detailed FAQ describes how to do such
things as pan, zoom, find latitude/longitude, measure distance, etc.
You can choose to overlay roads, counties and cities.
Note from the U.S. map on the home page that historical imagery (back
to 1930, in some cases) is available only from certain limited
geographic areas - indicated in dark green. 'Modern' imagery of the
light green areas covers the years 2003-2008. When you initially
display an image, lables on the right side indicate which years are
available. You can use a slider tool to compare images from two
Note also that the images have the Historical Aerials logo on them.
You can purchase logo-free images, which may then be used for
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