From Time Out Chicago:
According to research and sources like NPR, the Chicago-based photographer, George R. Lawrence, started experimenting with aerial shots in 1901 by stringing together balloons, but those weren’t entirely reliable. After Lawrence fell nearly 200 feet and narrowly escaped death, he decided to find an alternative method. Having seen advertising banners flown by kites, he was inspired to build his own set to fly his camera. Historical articles indicate that as many as nine to 17 kites were needed to keep his heavy camera steady nearly 2,000 feet in the air.
…In Chicago he shot aerial photos of the Loop, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, baseball games, horse races and parades.
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