It's a common knowledge that the first aerial photographs were made over 100 years ago in the 19th century, but how were they made and what is the oldest existing aerial photo?
And though the first photography from up in the air was made by the father of aerial photography, Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, as early as in 1858 in Paris, no pictures taken by this French photographer survived up until now.
The photo you see above is the oldest aerial photo surviving nowadays and it was taken—just like the photos of Gaspard-Félix Tournachon—from a hot air ballon in 1860 over Boston.
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