recent buzz... Added aerial photo coverage for Orange County California in the year 1996. View of California State University Fullerton
Topic Title         Source of old aerials
2021-06-10 15:59:03 PNWchris84 I'm interested in the history of the aerial photos from the 1930s, which appear to the be the earliest you have. Do you have any information on which, if any, government agency undertook these surveys? How did they do it? Thank you!
2021-06-10 18:10:32 Brett

Aerial photography was used by the government in the 1930s, to assist with the new programs set up under the Agricultural Adjustment Act of the Depression Era New Deal.  Because the government could not order farmers to plant less, New Deal planners devised a voluntary acreage reduction program with attractive incentives, local control and surveillance procedures for promoting fairness and inhibiting cheating.  A crucial means of agricultural surveillance  was the use of aerial photography.  This provided precise measurements of field size  which could be done rapidly.  This left a cartographic legacy for soils mapping, land use classification, regional planning and geographic research.  We do have plans to add much more pre 1940's aerial imagery to our coverage.

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