Recalling pleasant things and taking the time to dwell on them.
A Bird’s Eye View Of Iowa City.
Let’s face it – there’s something very dramatic about seeing a familiar place from above. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the emotional tug I felt when I first viewed the famous photograph called Earthscape – taken by Bill Anders – one of the three Apollo 8 astronauts as they orbited the moon on Christmas Eve 1968.
So, it is when I look at my favorite community – Iowa City, Iowa.
So, in the 1860’s, the prolific map maker in Chicago – Chicago Lithographing Company – commissioned a panoramic artist named Albert Ruger to design dozens of “Bird’s Eye View” maps of Midwestern communities. In 1868, Ruger produced this one of Iowa City…
With the advent of the airplane in the late 1910’s and the 1920’s, brave souls such as SUI photographer Fred Kent now had a way to snap a number of ‘big picture’ shots of our fair city. Read more about the prolific Fred Kent here.
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