This small collection of historical imagery of areas in Los Angeles and surrounding counties dates back to the 1930s (1934 to 1940). The Watson collection came to MIL as part of the gift from the Teledyne Foundation in 1986, and includes imagery in print and transparent film formats as well as postcard images and advertising stills.

Most of the Watson aerial photography is large scale (greater than 1:10,000) and primarily covers particular locations in Los Angeles county, as well as a few locations in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The imagery is identified in our catalog with flight IDs starting with "Watson-" followed by a three to four digit number.

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Watson Photo Studios aerial photograph of Burbank airport in January, 1939.