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“Queen of the Air”

Hot air balloons

By combining the relatively new technologies of hot air balloon flights with photography, Samuel King took aerial photos of Boston in 1860, two years after the earliest known aerial photography was taken over Paris, France. One of King’s Boston photos is being curated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


This Picture of Boston, Circa 1860, Is the World’s Oldest Surviving Aerial Photo By Colin Shultz

Smithsonian Magazine

April 3, 2013

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