Boston in the 1860s is The Oldest Surviving Aerial Photo

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“Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It” by James Wallace Black.

Awesomeness, found by Smithsonian

There is a great history from the Smithsonian of hot air balloons, cameras and the first time someone thought to put them together for an aerial photograph. The result? This awesome view of downtown from 1860, which made its way through the Internet earlier this week starting at Reddit and then PetaPixel before getting even more attention. The original? At the Met.

Thanks to Jason for flagging our way!