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Historical Aerial Maps

Historic Aerials has somehow got their hands on a vast trove of aerial photos from all across the country, and arranged them historically. A picture (well, three) is (are) worth a thousand words. I looked up the house in Brook Park, OH where I lived between 1969 and 1979. Here it is in 1970:

In 1960:

And then in 1952:

And that, boys and girls, is suburban sprawl. It also answers the question, “why did our backyard always flood?” Answer: there was an underground stream.

What you’ll find depends on where you look, the years available for any given spot are somewhat random, as you’d expect.

Tom McGee has been building web sites since 1995, and blogging here since 2006. Currently a senior developer at Seton Hall University, he's also a freelance web programmer and musician. Contact him if you have the need for a blog, web site, redesign or custom programming!

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