Historical Aerial Photography

The Positive Image, with its purchase of the Harper Leiper aerial photography collection, offers an extensive library of historical photographs of Houston from the past seventy years. These beautiful, black and white images provide a fascinating perspective to the growth and development of the Houston area. This aerial photography serves as an excellent resource for studying development trends and land usage, providing an invaluable document of progress. All photography before 1988 is in black and white only. Not only useful for research of environmental and developmental issues, these historical photographs also make interesting wall decor! Many of our clients have found that a collection of photos showing the growth and development in a particular area makes an excellent conversation piece for the office. 

Because these images were shot prior to GPS and geocoding, requests are individually researched to client specifications.  Please complete the “Contact Us”  form to start the process of finding that old picture that you want.

Galleria / West Loop – 1961


The Astrodome / Texas Medical Center – 1963


Downtown Houston with Union Station ( future site of Minute Maid Park) – 1957