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Attached are aerial photos of our area taken in 1940, 1949, 1960, and 1972 by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) of the US Department of Agriculture and in 1968 by the US Geological Survey. There are more recent satellite images (1993, 1999, 2000, 2002) available in Google Earth. The USGS has free detailed topo maps that go back to 1954 -- like this one attached clipped from the much larger GA_Northeast Atlanta_246550_1954_24000_geo.pdf -- as well as earlier maps for the Atlanta area that show much less detail for our area.
The first photos are centered on our neighborhood; the fourth covers all of northeast Atlanta. The attached files are in two formats: jpg and Mrsid. The jpg's are cropped and lower resolution copies of the original mrsid files which are very large. The first three are about 500 KB; the fourth, about 7MB. The mrsid files are in specialized format ("multiresolution seamless image database" or "Mr. Sid"). You may need to download a viewer to open the files (see below for a list of free viewers).
You can find others online via the Georgia Aerial Photographs database from Georgia Libraries: http://dbs.galib.uga.edu/gaph/html/dekalb.html
It takes some arduous searching of the photo mosaics because there’s no precise index. They have photos also from 1938, 1955, 1966, and 1978 but they’re not all yet available online.
The photo images are in MrSid format and if you need a viewer, the following are free downloads.