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Aerial photography began in 1858 in France with photographs taken from a tethered balloon. Kites and pigeons also carried cameras aloft. The advent of airplanes greatly increased the ability to photograph designated areas from the air. At first, the photographer stood in the second cockpit and leaned over the edge to take a picture which was often blurred by the motion of the plane. Later, improvements in cameras and in gyroscopically-stabilized platforms improved the quality of the photographs.

Aerial reconnaissance missions during World War I made extensive use of aerial photography to monitor troop movements and to locate trenches. After the war, some made use of their experiences to offer commercial aerial photography for map-making, environmental studies, and commercial advertising. Stereoscopic photographs enable one to better determine the height of objects seen from above and new types of film expanded the possible uses.

+ : Corvallis Municipal Airport
+ Corvallis: Aerial: OSU Fieldhouse
+ Corvallis: Aerial: OSU Campus
+ Corvallis: Aerial: OAC Campus
+ Denton, TX: Aerial: Denton, TX
+ New York: Flying in Formation
+ New York City: Aerial: Statue of Liberty
+ Philomath: Aerial: Philomath, OR
+ Seattle: Aerial: Seattle, WA
+ Washington, DC: Aerial: Wash. D.C.
Photo by Valley Flying Service, Inc.

1950
Certificate & photos
Corvallis
1929
OSU Corvallis, 1930
Corvallis
1930
OAC Corvallis, 1919
Corvallis
1919
Denton Texas Courthouse by Eck Rorick
Denton, TX
1918
Flying in formation over New York
New York
1919
Statue of Liberty Aerial photo
New York City
1919
Philomath first aerial photo
Philomath
1928
Seattle circa 1920
Seattle
1920s
Washington DC 1919
Washington, DC
1919

 

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