Birds-Eye View

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I just made my first-ever purchase on eBay! It’s an aerial view of Great Falls from 1891:

This map is a large scale reproduction of an original bird’s-eye view of Great Falls, Montana originally published by American Publishing Company. Measures 49″ x 35″

There’s a slightly smaller version still available for purchase, too, if you like this one.

click for larger view!

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  1. Being that 1891 was before the Wright Brothers, do you know from where the picture was taken? I’d guess hot-air balloon, especially since it appears to be too great a height to be a structure of that period.

  2. I think it’s a drawing, to illustrate Paris Gibson’s plans. One of the local restaurants used to print it on their placemats. Eddie’s? 4-Bs? 3D?
    We used to have one of these kicking around here in the old homestead.

  3. Yeah, when I looked at the larger version, I realized it wasn’t a photograph.

    I remember when I was in school (late 1970s), I saw a panoramic photograph of my hometown’s downtown section taken in the 1920s. You could compare it to the then-present downtown. Way cool.

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