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Close up of University Park Area (unlabeled) showing Lovers Lane and Snider Plaza

Dallas Aerial Photographs, 1930 Fairchild Survey

Close up of University Park Area (unlabeled) showing Lovers Lane and Snider Plaza, 1930

 Deep Elm

Deep Elm "Deep Ellum"
Downtown Dallas (Unlabeled)

 Downtown Dallas (Unlabeled)

Downtown Dallas (Unlabeled)

	Dallas Love Field, Bachman Lake (Unlabeled)

Dallas Love Field,
Bachman Lake (Unlabeled)

South Dallas (Unlabeled)

South Dallas (Unlabeled)

White Rock Lake Northwest (Unlabeled)

White Rock Lake
Northwest (Unlabeled)

Close up of University Park Area (unlabeled) showing Lovers Lane

University Park Area

About the Collection

 Dallas Historic Aerial Photographs, 1930 Fairchild Survey Map Grid

The 93 images in the Dallas Historic Aerial Photographs, 1930 Fairchild Survey digital collection represent a complete set of air images commissioned by the City of Dallas and photographed by Sherman Mills Fairchild in October of 1930 flying out of Love Field. SMU's Foscue Map Collection retains all but eight of the 93 images as well as a photo image of the master grid map (on right). All images are 19” x 23.5” prints.

Aerial Survey Grid

To view an individual high-resolution image, click on the area of the map you wish to examine. When you do so, you will be taken to the web page for that image that contains a high-quality aerial photograph with yellow markers and a corresponding legend of places. Place names are displayed in the key below the image. To zoom in and move around, use the tool bar across the top of the image. The small image to the left will tell you what part of the photograph you are viewing by displaying a shaded red area around the portion of the image you are viewing.

Each image also contains a link to the unlabeled version of the same photograph.

About the Collection

About the Originals

The City of Dallas Municipal Archives retains copy negatives for most of these prints. At the time the digital collection was created, Dallas Archivist John Slate believed these copy negatives were produced in the late 1960s or early 1970s. They are not the original negatives from the 1930 aerial survey. While several libraries house some or all of the 1930 prints, no known set of the original negatives exists.

Staff at the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library worked with regional historian George Cearley to create identifications for more than 3,500 specific landmarks within these aerial photographs. These identifications are available online as an overlay so the images and identifications may be explored not only by zooming in and out but also by offering unique tags that name and describe what the viewer is seeing. This replicates the physical overlays created in the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library.

About Fairchild Aerial Surveys

Aerial photography began in the nineteenth century from balloons. It expanded in the First World War (1914-18) when the value of military reconnaissance from airplanes became obvious. After the war, photography from the air came quickly to be used for a variety of purposes. For example geological surveying, mapping, and, in the case of photographing cities from the air, tax assessment. As cities expanded, it proved far quicker and cheaper to make the maps needed for tax purposes from pictures taken from airplanes than by traditional surveying techniques on the ground.

Sherman Mills Fairchild (the son, incidentally, of a man whose company eventually developed into IBM) was by 1919 a leader in the design of cameras for aerial photography. In 1924 he founded Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. The company’s first contract was to produce a photo-map of Newark, New Jersey. Fairchild soon also began producing airplanes. His FC-2, first made in 1927, was a five-seat, high-wing monoplane. The type could be, and often was, used for aerial photography. The Fairchild airplane company went out of business in 2002, although one of its products, the A10-A Thunderbird II (also known as the “Warthog”), a powerful ground-support plane, is still in service with the United States Air Force. (Contributed by Peter Bakewell, Aviation Historian, SMU).

Project Contributors

George Cearley (historic identifications), Sarah Roberts (metadata entry), John Slate (City of Dallas Archivist), Dawn Youngblood (curator), nCDS (digitization, metadata).

Scholarly Reviewers: Peter Bakewell, John Chavez, Bonnie Jacobs, Ben Johnson, Darwin Payne.

Grid: 007, Elm Fork of the Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 014, Northwest Highway (Labeled) Grid: 025, Northwest Highway - Marion Drive (Same location as Marsh Lane) (Labeled) Grid: 036, Walnut Hill Lane - Midway Road (Labeled) Grid: 047, Preston Hollow (Labeled) Grid: 058, North Park Mall Site, Presbyterian Hospital, Site of Town of Vickery (Labeled) Grid: 069, White Rock Creek (Labeled) Grid: 080, Audelia Road - Northwest Highway (Labeled) Grid: 087, Northwest Highway - Kingsley Road (Labeled) Grid: 015, Northwest Highway - Denton Road (Labeled) Grid: 026, Dallas Love Field, Bachman Lake (Labeled) Grid: 037, Midway Road - Northwest Highway (Labeled) Grid: 048, University Park Area (Labeled) Grid: 059, Southern Methodist University, Northeast (Labeled) Grid: 070, White Rock Lake Northwest (Labeled) Grid: 081, White Rock Lake Northeast, Flagpole Hill (Labeled) Grid: 088, Northwest Highway - Jupiter Road (Labeled) Grid: 001, Grauwyler Road - Brittain Road (Labeled) Grid: 008, Grauwyler Road - Carl Road (Labeled) Grid: 016, Grauwyler Road - Union Bower Road (Labeled) Grid: 027, Denton Drive - Lovers Lane (Labeled) Grid: 038, Area Southeast and East of Lovefield (Labeled) Grid: 049, University Park Area (Labeled) Grid: 060, Southern Methodist University, Southeast (Labeled) Grid: 071, Mockingbird Lane - Abrams Road (Labeled) Grid: 082, White Rock Lake Southeast, Bath House (Labeled) Grid: 089, Garland Road - Centerville Road (Labeled) Grid: 002, Downtown Irving (Labeled) Grid: 009, Coppell Road (Renamed Irving Boulevard) - Irving Heights Road (Labeled) Grid: 017, East Levee of the Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 028, Record Crossing Road - Bennett / Grauwyler Road (Labeled) Grid: 039, Old Parkland Hospital Area, Oak Lawn Avenue - Maple Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 050, Oaklawn Avenue - Blackburn Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 061, Greenville Avenue - Ross Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 072, Lakewood Area (Labeled) Grid: 083, White Rock Lake, DeGoyler Estate (Site of Dallas Arboretum) (Labeled) Grid: 090, Oates Drive - Peavy Road (Labeled) Grid: 003, Vilbig Road - Senter Road (Labeled) Grid: 010, Shady Grove Road - Irving Heights Road (Labeled) Grid: 018, East Levee, West Levee, Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 029, Hampton Road - Vilbig Road (Labeled) Grid: 040, Site of Dal-Hi Stadium, Reverchon Park, Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 051, Downtown Dallas (Labeled) Grid: 062, Baylor Hospital Area (Labeled) Grid: 073, East Dallas, Samuel Boulevard - East Grand Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 084, Jim Miller Road - Samuel Boulevard (Labeled) Grid: 091, John West Road - Buckner Boulevard (Labeled) Grid: 004, West Fork of the Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 011, Town of Eagle Ford; West Levee of the Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 019, Westmoreland Avenue - Eagle Ford Pike / Coppell Road (Labeled) Grid: 030, Eagle Ford Pike - Hampton Road (Labeled) Grid: 041, Inner Kessler Boulevard / Kessler Boulevard - Sylvan Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 052, Deep Elm ("Deep Ellum Grid: 063, South Dallas (Labeled) Grid: 074, Dolphin Road - Haskell Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 085, Urbandale / Parkdale Neighborhoods (Labeled) Grid: 092, Buckner Boulevard - Forney Road (Labeled) Grid: 005, Ft Worth Road (West Davis / State Highway 1 / US Highway 80) - Jefferson Boulevard Extension (Labeled) Grid: 012, Town of Arcadia Park (Labeled) Grid: 020, Westmoreland Avenue - Eighth Street (Labeled) Grid: 031, Davis Street - Hampton Road (Labeled) Grid: 042, Methodist Hospital Area, Zang's - Colorado, North Oak Cliff (Labeled) Grid: 053, Jefferson Boulevard - Eighth Street (Labeled) Grid: 064, South Dallas (Labeled) Grid: 075, Second Avenue - Hatcher Street (Labeled) Grid: 086, Scyene Road - Jim Miller Road (Labeled) Grid: 093, Buckner Boulevard - Scyene Road (Labeled) Grid: 006, Mountain Creek Lake (Future Site) (Labeled) Grid: 013, Jefferson Boulevard - Ledbetter Drive (Portion renamed Walton Walker Boulevard) (Labeled) Grid: 021, Westmoreland Avenue - Cockrell Hill Road (Labeled) Grid: 032, Jim Town, Jefferson Avenue - Hampton Road (Labeled) Grid: 043, Marsalis Park / Marsalis Zoo Area (Labeled) Grid: 054, Cedar Crest Boulevard - Bonnie View Road (Labeled) Grid: 065, Southerland Avenue - Sargent Road (Labeled) Grid: 076, Roosevelt Heights Neighborhood (Labeled) Grid: 022, Cockrell Hill Road - Mountain Lake Road (Renamed Illinois Avenue) (Labeled) Grid: 033, Hampton Road - Mountain Lake Road (Labeled) Grid: 044, Illinois Avenue - Marsalis Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 055, Illinois Avenue - Lancaster Road (Labeled) Grid: 066, Fruitdale (Town), Bonnie View Road (Labeled) Grid: 077,  Linfield Road - US Highway 75 (Labeled) Grid: 023, Cockrell Hill Road - Westmoreland Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 034, Hampton Road (Labeled) Grid: 045, Overton Road - Marsalis Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 056, Lancaster Road - Ledbetter Drive (Labeled) Grid: 067, Bonnie View Road - Ledbetter Drive (Labeled) Grid: 024, Red Bird Lane - Cockrell Hill Road (Labeled) Grid: 035, Red Bird Lane - Hampton Road (Labeled) Grid: 046, Polk Street / Uhl Road - Red Bird Lane (Labeled) Grid: 057, Houston School Road, Laurel Land Cemetery (Labeled) Grid: 068, Simpson Road - Lancaster Road / State Highway 342 (Labeled) Grid: 079, Old Hutchins Road - Simpson Road (Labeled)

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