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The participative time machine

In the past there was no GPS. Help us to georeference historical images of Switzerland.

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Swissair oblique photographs (1964-1980)

From about 1964, Swissair Photo AG also took oblique colour photographs. This collection was continued into 2011, in last years by the former Swiss Aerial Photography Foundation. The result is a beautiful cross-section of Swiss landscape and settlement development with almost 30,000 pictures in 4 x 5 inch format. This is the Swissair sub-collection with the image code string LBS_L. We will divide the stock into three campaigns. Campaign 1 covers the years 1964 to 1980.

73% of 8821 images from ETH Library

3D Geolocalising archives images

This is the goal of Smapshot platform by recreating a virtual globe of past time. The photographs from various collections allow us to go back in time to the end of the 19th century with a very high resolution. The platform allows volunteers to align the images with the virtual globe and thus geolocate them in 3 dimensions !

138,789 geolocalised images

473 members

21 collections


RankNameGeolocalised images
1Walter Zweifel16508
2Hans Zumbühl15575
3Sigi Heggli14997
4Urs Witmer9440
5anton heer7374