Aerial photos of the Palo Alto region – taken between 1946 and 1979 – will be featured in a free public presentation Sunday (Jan. 25) at 2 p.m. at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
The photos were taken by Adrian Hatfield, who became one of the first aerial photographers in the Bay Area after he was trained as an aerial mapper and photographer during World War II. After the war, he formed the Hatfield Aerial Survey/Archives firm.
The talk will be by Hatfield's son, Ben Hatfield, who with Barry Anderson has recently published a book, "Over Time: Palo Alto, 1947-1980," featuring the aerial views of local growth and specific developments.
The images show the Stanford Industrial Park (now Research Park), new subdivisions, Great America, the building of Interstate 280 through the lower foothills, and the dwindling orchards of Santa Clara Valley.
The presentation is sponsored by the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA), and has been moved forward a week from its usual first-Sunday time to avoid a conflict with the Super Bowl, according to Betty Gerard of PAHA.