Blog posts tagged history

Geotagging at SFO Museum, Part 8 – Old maps

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What’s become clear as we work through geotagging photos in the SFO Museum collection is that it’s very useful to be able to geotag things using a map from, or near to, the same year that a photo was taken. The facts on the ground change often and fast enough at SFO that it can be hard to make sense of an old photo using a contemporary map.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on May 04, 2020 and tagged sfo, collection, history, geotagging and maps.

Past flight data at SFO and SFO Museum (2006 - 2018)

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Today we’re happy to announce the availability of historical flight data in and out of SFO for the years 2006 through 2018. That brings the total number of flights published to just under 4.9 million!

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on March 20, 2020 and tagged sfo, faa, flightdata, history, opendata, airplanes, airlines and airports.

Map updates, 2019 - 2020

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We’ve updated the historical aerial maps section of the Mills Field website to include imagery from 2019. We’ve also made some user interface and user experience changes to the map to improve its use on small and mobile sized devices.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on January 10, 2020 and tagged maps and history.

More recent old maps (and the shapes in the details)

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Wandering around the airport at high zoom levels, seeing the “shape” of airport in its details, is so much fun we’ve added a handy 📷 button to the map that will allow you to create an image of whatever you happen to be looking at.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on November 06, 2019 and tagged history, maps, rasterzen, sfo and whosonfirst.

Remembering the He’e Nalu : Wave Riding exhibition at SFO Museum

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As legend has it according to O’Neill’s own account, his eureka moment shortly following the vest’s creation took place at San Francisco International Airport. After boarding a DC-3 for Los Angeles he looked down at the floor noticing a thin padding of black rubber sticking out from under the edge of the carpet. The material, a synthetic rubber invented by DuPont and named neoprene, helped insulate the heated passenger cabin from the frigid spaces below deck. It was smooth sealed, closed cell, flexible, quite strong, and proved fairly impervious to saltwater. Soon the era of the wetsuit was fueling the allure of surfing for the masses.

This is a blog post by john hill. It was published on March 09, 2019 and tagged surfing, sfo, history, T3 and exhibitions.

People Looking at Art at SFO (1982 - 2019)

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A selection of photos of people looking at the many exhibitions put on by SFO Museum, since 1982, throughout the terminals and the airport’s always-changing architecture. There is a lot more to say on the subject but this time we’ll let the pictures do the talking.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on February 26, 2019 and tagged sfo, history and photography.

Where is Gate A1?

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We’ve updated the location data for gates to make the primary location, for each gate, the doorway between the terminal and jetway (rather than the jetway and an airplane).

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on January 14, 2019 and tagged sfo, history and whosonfirst.

More old maps and more-better architectures

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All of these many SFOs are important because they help to contextualize things (like the photo of Rotunda A) in the moment but also to demonstrate how that context has changed over the years.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on October 04, 2018 and tagged architecture, maps, opendata, whosonfirst, sfo and history.

Why “Mills Field”?

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This website is named in honor of the original “Air Port” at the site of what is now San Francisco International Airport.

This is a blog post by megan callan. It was published on August 08, 2018 and tagged sfo, mills field, aviation and history.

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