The Oldest Surviving Aerial Photograph

According to the Professional Aerial Photographers Association, the father of aerial photography was French balloonist Gaspard-FĂ©lix Tournachon, who photographed Paris from a hot air balloon way back in 1858. Unfortunately, none of his work remains today, and so the title of oldest surviving aerial photograph goes to the picture you see above.

Titled "Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It" the photo was taken by photographer James Wallace Black in October of 1860 from an altitude of about 2,000 feet.