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Town part of new online exhibit from Nova Scotia Archives

Amherst and other Nova Scotia communities are featured in a new online exhibit from the Nova Scotia Archives showcasing aerial photographs taken in the summer of 1931.

AMHERST – Amherst and Cumberland County are featured in a new online exhibit by the Nova Scotia Archives.

In the summer of 1931, Richard ‘Dick’ McCully and Harold Reid flew over the province, taking camera shots along the way. The result was 221 black and white images of different communities from Amherst to Yarmouth, Truro to Halifax and the South Shore.

“The collection of aerial photos is yet another example of how the Nova Scotia Archives is preserving our heritage through valuable documents and photos from our past,” Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra said in a news release on Thursday. “The archives are pleased to present the images online in a high-resolution, zoomable format for Nova Scotias to explore and enjoy.”

Nova Scotia from the Air: The Richard McCully Aerial Photograph Collection, 1931, is named after the man who pioneered commercial aerial photography in Atlantic Canada. The camera captured communites, homes, businesses, churches, farms and waterfronts as they looked 80 years ago. Many of the structures photographed no longer exist or have been slightly altered.

McCully was an early pilot with Canadian International Airways while Reid was employed by his father, David S. Reid, in his photographic studios in Amherst, Saint John and Moncton.

It was Reid who took most of the photographs while an ex-RCMP officer and military pilot, Marty Fraser, flew the plane.

The photos survive in glass-plate negative format and were acquired last year by the Nova Scotia Archives.

The collection provides significant aerial coverage of contemporary industrial activity and buildings including Enamel and Heating and the Canada Car and Foundry Co. in Amherst, the experimental farm in Nappan, the border entrance at Fort Lawrence, the Canada Electric power plant in Maccan, and the coal mines in Springhill.

There are also photos of streetscapes in the communities including Amherst, Parrsboro, Springhill and Oxford as well as photos of the shoreline at Tidnish Beach, Amherst Shore and the Pugwash waterfront.

A number of farms around the Amherst and Athol areas are also photographed.

To view Nova Scotia from the Air, go to .


Organizations: Nova Scotia Archives, International Airways, RCMP Canada Car and Foundry Co. Canada Electric power

Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia Halifax South Shore Atlantic Canada Springhill Saint John Moncton Nappan Maccan Parrsboro Oxford Pugwash Athol

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