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    Penn Pilot Website - Old Aerial Photos

    Jeff posted this site a while back, and it has become one of my most utilized resources. I have found some awesome places to hunt using the old photos on the site.

    Here are a few examples of how I use it. Using maps.live.com, I type in the area that I am interested (street name and town usually). I then open another browser and find the same area on Penn Pilot. Using some scaling and cut and paste, I make a side-by-side compartive image of the area so I can see the differences in the landscape from then to now. Below is an old farmhouse that I spotted in one of the parks. The black and white image is from 1939, the other is present day. You can clearly see an orchard behind the barn and a planted field to the left of the barn in the older photo.

    The other image is of another old house here. I was able to spot an old trail in the old photo at the intersection of the main road, that isn't visible on the new photo. Pretty cool eh?

    Thanks again Jeff for posting this great site!!!

    www.pennpilot.psu.edu
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    Re: Penn Pilot Website - Old Aerial Photos

    Thanks that's a cool link
    Do you blow up the old photos to get more detail?
    Thanks again

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    Re: Penn Pilot Website - Old Aerial Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianPa
    Thanks that's a cool link
    Do you blow up the old photos to get more detail?
    Thanks again
    When you find a photo you want to use, click Save to My Photos and select the High resolution image.

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    Re: Penn Pilot Website - Old Aerial Photos

    cool thanks

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    Re: Penn Pilot Website - Old Aerial Photos

    After I save both the old and new photos. I go into my paintshop pro
    program and over lay them. By using a few land marks roads, rivers,
    lakes, and such. I can usually get them lined up pretty nice. Sometimes I
    will even add the topo to the mix. Then by fading the different layers I
    can almost pinpoint the spot I need to search. The last time I did this
    looking for and old house lost to the woods we nearly fell over the
    foundation stones hiding in the leaves we were that close before we
    started looking for the place.

    Just my method
    Joe
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    this site has been been down for many months now, they said they are working to get it back up, but how long does it take to do that ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Slikes53 View Post
    this site has been been down for many months now, they said they are working to get it back up, but how long does it take to do that ?
    It's up for me.
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    was Just Recently restored Penn Pilot Photo Centers

    The Main Map Page was down for a few months. but there was still a Back Door in
    if you followed the link to the Historic Maps they supplied
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtntrekr2 View Post
    After I save both the old and new photos. I go into my paintshop pro
    program and over lay them. By using a few land marks roads, rivers,
    lakes, and such. I can usually get them lined up pretty nice. Sometimes I
    will even add the topo to the mix. Then by fading the different layers I
    can almost pinpoint the spot I need to search. The last time I did this
    looking for and old house lost to the woods we nearly fell over the
    foundation stones hiding in the leaves we were that close before we
    started looking for the place.

    Just my method
    Joe
    a friend was able to this for Me.
    the Green encircles a 19th Century church Grove

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    I've never figured out how, I'm not that Computer savy
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    I can do this by using the Overlay feature in GE. First I save an image of the portion of old map, then import into GE using Overlay. It's Hella hard to line up the 1800s maps in GE though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miboje View Post
    I can do this by using the Overlay feature in GE. First I save an image of the portion of old map, then import into GE using Overlay. It's Hella hard to line up the 1800s maps in GE though.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using Tapatalk
    he has told me he can also overlay the 1875 Beers Atlas township Maps with surprising Accuracy.
    Makes me jealous
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa View Post
    he has told me he can also overlay the 1875 Beers Atlas township Maps with surprising Accuracy.
    Makes me jealous
    Yes, that's hard to do with those older maps ..as far as getting them to line up. The scale is hard for me to match. I probably just need more practice. When I figured out how to do it, I had a field day with it. You should really have your friend show you how to do it.

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    I'm happy to see that Penn Pilot is back to its normal self!
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    Alas, no photos of this forgotten area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    Alas, no photos of this forgotten area.
    Yea Wrong State for Penn Pilot

    you can check here . https://www.historicaerials.com/

    I never used it So I don't know if You can Get Free Views
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Dec 09, 2017 at 04:48 PM.

 

 

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