Aerial Photography

Historical aerial photography is available for public viewing at our public counter. NO COPIES CAN BE MADE OF THIS PHOTOGRAPHY but the public may request to view specific areas. A Thomas Guide showing overlays of all aerial surveys that resulted in a mapping or other product, can be viewed at the Public Counter, and copies of any available mapping may be ordered. The aerial photographs currently available for viewing are:

  • 1947 Black & White Aerial Photos, photo scale 1" = 1200'
  • 1952-53 Black & White Aerial Photos, photo scale 1" = 1552'
  • 1970 Black & White Aerial Photos, photo scale 1" = 1000'
  • 1990 Color Aerial Photos, Photo scale 1"=1450' (copies of this photography may be purchased through an outside vendor, information available by request)
  • 1990 Color Enlargements scale 1"=500'
  • 1994 Color Eagle Aerial Photos (Indexed to Thomas Guide Pages), enlargement scale 1"=1000' (copies of this photography may be purchased through an outside vendor, information available by request)

If you are interested in viewing historical aerial photography for a specific area, you may call or fax:

Nick Ballon - Phone: (714) 967-0822 or 714.967.0892 Fax 

Please provide your:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Specific area of interest (by address or Thomas Guide page and grid #)

Contract staff will call you when photography has been pulled and is available for viewing (usually within 2 business days). Below are sample aerial photos of 2 locations in Orange County. Notice the changes over the years!

Dana Point Harbor 1947Dana Point Harbor 1952Dana Point Harbor 1970Dana Point Harbor 1990

Disneyland 1947Disneyland 1952Disneyland 1970Disneyland 1990