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Thursday, October 8, 2009

First Aerial Photo -- 1860

Aerial photographs are an important tool for cartographers and other geographers. In fact, most geography departments offer entire courses in the interpretation of photographs taken from above. Most of these are taken from specially-equipped airplanes with cameras mounted on the bottom, but early aerial photography relied on hot-air balloons. The very first was taken in Boston on this date in 1860!

Read the Mass Moments article for details.

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