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Aerofilms: A History of Britain from Above

Originally posted on Heritage Calling:

Have you seen an air photograph of where you live?  Perhaps you’ve got used to the view by using a website like Google Earth.  These days it’s easy to get an aerial perspective on the world, but this has happened only recently.  Our lavishly illustrated new book, Aerofilms: A History of Britain from Above, tells the story of how the entrepreneurs of Aerofilms Ltd turned aerial photography from a military specialism of the First World War into a commercial enterprise that would capture Britain from the air in hundreds of thousands of unique snapshots.

EPW046905, Wembley Park, the FA Cup Final between Sheffield Wednesday and West Bromwich Albion, 27 April 1935

EPW046905, Wembley Park, the FA Cup Final between Sheffield Wednesday and West Bromwich Albion, 27 April 1935

The men and women of Aerofilms were running a business, but they created an archive that today throws light on the transformation of our built environment. This remarkable collection of aerial photographs spanning the years from 1919 to…

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Medieval cat paw prints

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Has your cat ever walked across your keyboard? Well, it’s not a new problem. Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel recently Tweeted this photo of a 15th century book with… you guessed it… cat paw prints in ink on the pages! We’re part of a long and glorious historical movement, friends.

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