Thursday, October 22, 2009

NZ from the air - as it used to be

This new book published today presents a selection from the archives of Whites Aviation's aerial photos of NZ taken between the 1930s and 1960s. Since these were taken, most towns and cities have got bigger with new buildings and roads, although some smaller towns have got smaller, and generally landscapes have stayed the same as you would expect. The book begins with a history of the company and aerial photos in NZ generally, and then the book takes the standard tour from north to south.

For anybody this a nice collection of quality photos (all b/w) printed full page in landscape format, but you need to know a bit about how the places look now to appreciate what we have gained and what we've lost. In nearly all cases it's more traffic on the roads and less on the rails, and some towns - like Methven on the cover - have since lost their railway completely.

This book is available from the transpress shop.

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