According to the website “History Orb” on January 10, 1910 the first photograph from an airplane in the U.S. was taken. Now, this may not seem like a big deal to you, but we use aerial photographs all the time at NPC.
Aerial photographs not only give us a different perspective of a property and its role in the landscape, but also allow us to better understand a property’s history.
Do you want to see what your neighborhood looks like from above? Well, if you’re reading this, you’ve got a computer. : – ) You can go to Google or Bing (both have fairly recent aerial photographs) and enter your address then select maps. You should get an aerial view that’s pretty close to the address you entered.
For historic maps, you’ll want to visit PennPilot, http://www.pennpilot.psu.edu/index.html