Vintage photos hold precious memories at Homestead Aerial
Individuals experienced a bit of nostalgia when they visited the Homestead Aerial travelling photo archive that was available for viewing at the Town ‘n Country Mall. Homestead Aerial, a Calgary based company stopped in Moose Jaw to share aerial photos of farms, small towns, churches and businesses dating back as far as the 1950s. The business specializes in Aerial photography, using their remote-control drone allowing for steady, high quality aerial shots of almost any building, personal or commercial events and functions, as well as elevation photos for high rise construction to help pre-sale the view of condos. They are Transport Canada certified. Homestead Aerial also maintains a large library of aerial land, farm and building photos from 1953 to 2001. They do custom framing for any picture with several formats and options to choose from. For one customer, visiting Aerial Photo’s booth at the mall led to a pleasant surprise. Allan Ganzer came in search of aerial shots of his father’s yard for his children who wanted a picture of the yard where they shared many childhood memories. Surprisingly, not only did Ganzer find what his children have been searching for, but he also found an original photo of his grandfather’s home/yard in Reward Town, Sk.
Ganzer was excited to find these memories. “It was important for me to come here today to search for something that’s close to the family. My children have been looking for some aerial photos of their grandfather’s yard that they remembered as children. I didn’t realize that these people had photos back as far as they do. I’ve actually found photos of the original yard, and one of my grandfather’s yard too. So, I’m going to talk to other family members and see if they want copies. We go to Calgary fairly regular, so I’ll even drop in to see Homestead Aerial again when I’m there to look at more of their photos,” he said. “The year that I was looking for was 1990 to 1992. I’m impressed that Homestead had photos back that far. I didn’t realize they took aerial photos in that era, as far back as the 1950s. It is pretty neat to see.”
Owner Kim Bessette said even though customer traffic was steady during the two days, most people found what they were looking for; whether it was a farm, small town or commercial building. “Mainly, what we found here in Moose Jaw is people looking for farms all over the province, not just the Moose Jaw district. We had a lady from north Winnipeg who visited us, as well as people from Alberta. We never get to bring enough photos but for persons looking for more photos, we can find those back at the office in Calgary. The turn out was really good and a lot of people found what they were searching for as well as places they were not even looking for, so it was good to be in Moose Jaw. These photos contain lots of memories for people and they hold them close to their hearts because some of these photos are even personalized, whereas they would see people walking in the yard or on the farm when the photos were taken.” Homestead Aerial Photo says its mission is, “helping families preserve a small piece of their family history through the archival library, so that it may be passed down and an accurate photo of the hard work that was put into the family homestead.”
To know more about Homestead Aerial and how you can get in touch to find that aerial photo you’ve been looking for, visit http://www.homesteadaerial.com.
“These photos contain lots of memories for people and they hold them close to their hearts...”