First aerial photograph in USA – 10/13/1860

J. W. Black aerial photo

J. W. Black aerial photo

First successful aerial photograph made in the USA, by J. W. Black, 10/13/1860, from a balloon tethered over Boston Common. Left, the original, at the Boston Public Library. Right, a view from the same spot, same day and time, 2012. Helicopter R-22.

Aerial photo of the week: Boston Tea Party – 12/16/73

December 16, 1773 – A great crowd gathered at the Old South Meeting House to hear speeches protesting new taxes on imports, including tea. Shouting “Boston harbor a tea party tonight,” they went down to the nearby docks. Thinly disguised as “Mohawks”, fifty men boarded three East India ships – Dartmouth, Beaver and Eleanor. Breaking open 342 chests of imported tea, they dumped the lot into the harbor.This aerial view shows the new Tea Party Museum and 2 replica ships in the Fort Point Channel.