Historical Aerial Photos

When you access the largest collection of historical aerial photos in the U.S., you’ll find the best coverage from a single search. Our historical aerial packages include digitally reproduced photos from each decade, typically beginning in the 1930s, ’40s or ’50s and continuing through the 1990s or 2000s. The photos can be reviewed in traditional PDF format or, when purchased with an EDR Package or Radius Map, through EDR Lightbox. Historical aerial photos from EDR have been geo-referenced to make locating your target property easier than ever.

New additions to the collection are constantly made available, along with continuous updates to improve the quality of the existing collection. Recent acquisitions include Aerial Viewpoint photos that date back to the 1930s and offer unprecedented quality for New Jersey, New York and more.

Your custom aerial photo requirements can also be met, including photos for large or irregularly shaped sites, such as roadways, railroad lines and utility corridors. Contact us for more information.


Historical aerial photos help you determine past property uses, locations of old buildings, roads and equipment, past-conditions of vegetation and other features that could be key indicators of recognized environmental conditions on a site. The Historical Aerial Decade Package meets and exceeds ASTM E1527-13 requirements.

EDR provides you the copyright permission to reuse images in your reports, and with Lightbox, you can create custom site maps and figures with just a few clicks, eliminating the need for expensive GIS software.