What a cool idea!
VA has access to 25 million aerial photos of rural America taken from 1963 to 2011 covering 41 states:
From their website, you can submit a request for a specific state, county, and location and a Vintage Aerial Librarian will contact you with information about what photos are available within 2 to 5 business days. The viewing of photos with a Librarian is free. If you choose, you can then purchase a print of the old family farm or location. VA is not just about photos and prints, they encourage their customers to share their story to help preserve the history of that location and thus the collective history of this country.
Co-Pilots Affiliate Program
Those who have read my blog for years know that I don’t sell anything from my site and other than links to Amazon, I have yet to participate in any affiliate programs. That is about to change. I am really excited about spreading the word to the genealogy community about what Vintage Aerial is trying to do, so I signed up for their affiliate program. Thanks to Grant, I found VA and their page about the Co-Pilots program and I contacted VA about joining.
The basics of the program is that I will get a unique link to the Vintage Aerial site. For every customer that gets to Vintage Aerial from my site that then buys a print, I will get $20 from the sale. I feel that is a generous sum for spreading the word about VA and I am excited at the prospect of earning some money to spend on this website or my family history research. But that is not the main reason that I am doing this. I believe in preserving the past, in letting my children see the world as I saw it growing up. I don’t know if my family’s home (or my grandparents or great-grandparents) will ever show up on Vintage Aerial, but maybe yours will. And that is still worth it to me.
I encourage my readers and all in the Geneablogger community to check out the site and also the Co-Pilots program to see if it interests you.
You might also want to check out their blog and the Mystery Monday photo contest.