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5 Free Historical Imagery Viewers to Leap Back in the Past


By: GIS Geography · Last Updated: March 6, 2020

When you want to leap backwards in time and see how your backyard changed…

Where can you view historical imagery in an intuitive, user-friendly map viewer?

Look no further because here are 5 online platforms to journey into the past…

And explore historical imagery for nearly anywhere on Earth.

1 Google Earth Pro

Not only is Google a world leader in geocoded addressing, but you can leap to the past with its historical time slider.

From satellite to aerial photography, Google Earth Pro puts the whole world in your hands.

First, zoom to your area of interest. Click the time slider icon. Now, visit your neighborhood in the past. You’ll know which years are available based on the thumbnails.

2 Esri’s Wayback Living Atlas

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Recently, Esri has released their newest addition to the Living Atlas of the World. Basically, this collection of Earth curates essential geographic information that impacts people’s daily lives.

For example, this includes items such as weather, traffic, elevation, demographics, oceans and urban systems.

As part of their enormous collection of maps, Esri’s Wayback Living Atlas lets users browse historical imagery back in time.

Still in the introductory phase, their collection of imagery is growing and evolving into a must-have platform for map historians.

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