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Birth of the Golden Gate Bridge

Historical shots taken by aerial photographer and Oakland native Clyde Sunderland (1900-1989).

The photos featured of the Golden Gate Bridge are from the historic collection of aerial photos held by Pacific Aerial Surveys of Emeryville.

The collection contains vertical and obliques of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the oldest taken in 1928.  Although the entire collection is unique, the images taken by Clyde Sunderland have significant historical value.

Sunderland (1900-1989), an aerial still photographer who originally captured motion pictures, operated out of the Oakland Airport. He was a pioneer in aerial photography who spent 40 years photographing the Bay Area and Northern California from the air.

The Clyde Sunderland Collection captures the history of the Bay Area to included the 7th Fleet with the U.S.S. Arizona (which was sunk in the bombing of Pearl Harbor), the famed Pan Am Clippers, Amelia Earhart and these photos of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge with a unique view of the construction from an aerial perspective.

For more information: www.photoscience.com

Sierra Salin May 26, 2012 at 07:48 PM
These images are outstanding and WAY cool.
localmom May 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Thanks for posting. These photos are fun to look at! So odd to look at the photos between the Marin Headlands and San Francisco with no bridge there.

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