Aero Service Corporation

Aero Service Corporation photographs and negatives, 1925–1956.
7 boxes, plus 4 filing cabinet drawers (10.8 linear feet).
About Aero Service Corporation

The Aero Service Corporation began in 1919 in Philadelphia and was a pioneer and world leader in aerial photography and photogrammetry. Directed by Virgil I. Kauffman, a World War I veteran pilot who joined the company in 1924, the firm obtained lucrative government and private contracts including those with the United States Geological Survey and the Tennessee Valley Authority that involved some of the first aerial surveys of the country.

About the collection

This is a collection of aerial photographs of Philadelphia, Camden, Atlantic City and the surrounding area. Includes many images of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, and images of area infrastructure, such as bridges, rail lines, marine and rail terminals, and highways. There are a number of industrial sites documented here, including Sun Shipbuilding, New York Shipbuilding, Federal Shipbuilding, Pennsylvania Railroad facilities, Allied Chemical, Armstrong Cork Co, and the Gulf Refining Company. Other images include ships, flooded areas, the Atlantic Fleet, boat races on the Schuylkill, and area beaches. Formats in the collection include negative and positive transparencies on film and glass plate negatives and photographic prints; there are also five rolls of film. Most of the images are taken at oblique angles, though some are taken from directly overhead. The bulk of the images were taken between 1925 and 1941, and there are a small number of images from 1951-1953.

  • Pennsylvania–Aerial photographs
  • New Jersey–Aerial photographs
Types of material
  • Glass plate negatives
  • Negatives (Photographic)
  • Photographs
Reference files
  • Aero Service Corp.
  • Delaware River Bridges
  • Schuylkill River
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