Birth of the Golden Gate Bridge

Historical shots taken by aerial photographer and Oakland native Clyde Sunderland (1900-1989).

The photos featured of the Golden Gate Bridge are from the historic collection of aerial photos held by Pacific Aerial Surveys of Emeryville.

The collection contains vertical and obliques of the greater Bay Area, the oldest taken in 1928.  Although the entire collection is unique, the images taken by Clyde Sunderland have significant historical value.

Sunderland (1900-1989), an aerial still photographer who originally captured motion pictures, operated out of the Oakland Airport. He was a pioneer in aerial photography who spent 40 years photographing the Bay Area and Northern California from the air.

The Clyde Sunderland Collection captures the history of the Bay Area to included the 7th Fleet with the U.S.S. Arizona (which was sunk in the bombing of Pearl Harbor), the famed Pan Am Clippers, Amelia Earhart and these photos of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge with a unique view of the construction from an aerial perspective.

For more information: www.photoscience.com

Jennifer McCoy May 26, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Amazing pictures!
Jenni Chalmers May 26, 2012 at 05:54 PM
My neighbor growing up on Midway Ct. was one of the construction workers on the Bridge. His first name was Robert - I wish I could remember his last name. I know it was Mc or Mac something.
Pamela Sims May 28, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Today's IJ shows Lisa Locati, Novato resident, first female Captain of Golden Gate Bridge. The first female Toll Sgt. was also a Novato resident, Wanda Sharp (deceased). I was privileged to be the second female Toll Sgt and the first female Bridge Lieutenant, also a Novato resident. Collected Toll for about 7 yrs. Loved that GGB for 19 1/2 yrs.


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