Early aerial photos of Palo Alto featured Sunday

Palo Alto Historical Association free talk Sunday will highlight aerial photos by Adrian Hatfield

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.

-- Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2009 at 10:41 pm

If you can, please put these photos up on the web in the highest resolution possible.

Also, please consider giving them to the City of Palo Alto's Geographic Information System. The Palo Alto GIS folks can integrate these with a variety of ortho-corrected photos taken over decades and overlay them on current ortho photos or topographical features.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Jan 20, 2009 at 10:18 am

On that 1946 picture. Is that a women stuck in the mud waving for help?

Wow she sure was young when she walked out there. (l0l)

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Posted by Craig
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I saw a book of what I assume are these pictures at the Costco on Rengstorff in Mountain View. Pretty cool. Its amazing how much things have grown and changed.

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Posted by Mayfield Child
a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 22, 2009 at 10:48 am

Sounds like something I would like to attend....thanks for the information.
I also have aireal shots from the 1980's of the colorful Leslie Salt Ponds, Palo Alto Airport, the San Jose Airport being expanded, shots of the Marina in SanFrancisco the same day as the earthquake when it had disaster, etc......

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