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Apr 24 2019 Brian D McCarthy 4:47 PM

The rear property of the brick house looks to be elevated, then sloping down to the flat LIMP ROW on the past images, too. The additional dirt mound where Sam is had to come from somewhere. Maybe the house foundation is being expanded? Probably just spread the dirt down towards the LIMP.

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Apr 24 2019 Bob Andreocci 4:26 PM

Great walk down memory lane.  Walking home from Herricks Junior High (remember when),  my friends and I “hung out” at the 3 foot eastern wall that stood over old Searingtown Rd on our way home.  What the hell did we know about this historic road back in ‘61!!!  Bob Andreocci

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Apr 23 2019 Howard Kroplick 10:41 PM

Frank Femenias and Al Velocci have confirmed that Aerial B is the Mott section of Garden City under construction.

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Apr 23 2019 Al Velocci 3:19 PM

Howard,  B photo,  that section of Garden City looking south with Washington Ave. on the right and Clinton R. on the left. with Osborne Rd. across the top and Wetherill Rd up the middle. That curved section at bottom right is part of the racetrack of the Agricultural Society at the Mineola Fair. The Motor Parkway is just out of sight on the left side center below the fifth crossroad, Kenwood Rd.

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Apr 23 2019 frank femenias 10:08 AM

I botched it! Mott Section looking *SE*. Sending Howard the pics.

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Apr 23 2019 frank femenias 12:12 AM

These are fantastic photos Howard. Thank you all for sharing these.

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Apr 22 2019 frank femenias 7:54 PM

Dave - I see what you mean about this section. Those first few photos is a time portal back 100 years. The Roaring Twenties once again!

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Apr 22 2019 frank femenias 7:46 PM

Haven’t seen these aerials before, fantastic!
Island Trees (Levittown) looking NW.
Photo date is 1929-1945, Long Island Aviation Country Club open for business since 1929 and before the flood of Levitt houses in 1945. Likely in the early ‘30s. The view of the Levittown Grandstand ruins is blocked by the lower right wing of the airplane.
Motor Parkway, Hempstead Tpke,  Jerusalem Ave, Wantagh Ave, Hicksville Rd 107, Bloomingdale Rd. Seen are Bloomingdale Rd bridge, Wantagh Ave bridge, Hicksville Rd bridge, Massapequa lodge.
Unable to identify the bi-plane and surveyor.
A. Roosevelt Raceway looking South, with new track over old one, after 1938.
B. Mott Section, Garden City looking North, houses under development, late ‘30s.
C. Long Island Aviation Country Club looking North, 1929-1948.
D. Lake Success looking West, late ‘30s. Deepdale mansion is just off to the left side. That’s old I.U. Willets Rd along the right edge, just before the LIE comes barreling through the golf course.

So glad these photos were preserved for future generations to learn from. As always, thanks for all the fun Howard.

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Apr 22 2019 Tim Ivers 4:59 PM

Top Photos
Looking northwest over Plainedge/Bethpage.  Hicksville Rd. Bottom right running up and down and Wantagh Avenue running same direction west of there, Hempstead Tpke across bottom.  Visible are LIMP bridges at those locations plus Bloomingdale Road bridge and the “Isle of Trees” at Jerusalem Avenue. Likely around 1930.
A. Looking east over Roosevelt Raceway with Merrick Avenue diagonally across top around 1936.
B.Looking south over Mitchel Field housing under construction about 1929.
C.looking north over the Hicksville Aviation Country Club about 1936 with the LIMP running left to right just below the buildings.
D. Looking east over the Deepdale Golf Course about 1939.

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Apr 22 2019 Dick Gorman 4:41 PM

Mystery Foto #16… The aircraft shown is a Curtiss Fledging. 
Photos shot around 1928 to 1930.
The survey company would be BramanJohnson OR BramanButters.
That’s all I’ve got.

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Apr 22 2019 Harry C. Reynolds 10:47 AM

I good man. R.I.P.

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Apr 22 2019 Art Kleiner 8:13 AM

Identify the location of the airplane and likely year this image was taken:
Island Trees, circa early 1947s (prior to Levitt homes being built)

Identify the major roads and significant structures:
Broadway, Wantagh Ave, LIMP, Hempstead/Bethpage Turnpike, Bloomingdale Rd., Jerusalem Rd., Aviation Country Club
Motor Parkway Bridges - Massapequa/Hicksville Rd., Jerusalem Ave.,
Massapequa Lodge

Identify the survey company: guess - Skyway surveys?

Identify the airplane: No guess

Kudos question: The below aerials were taken by the same survey company. Identify the location and the likely year of these aerials.
A: Roosevelt Raceway
B:?
C: Aviation Country Club
D: Lake Success

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Apr 22 2019 Greg O. 6:03 AM

Identify the location of the airplane and likely year this image was taken
Identify the major roads and significant structures

1920ish is my guess. Over modern day Bethpage (Central Park) with Hempstead Tpke along the bottom left corner. The LIMP can be seen. The Jerusalem Ave bridge is obscured by the landing gear,  but the Bloomingdale Rd, Wantagh Ave, and Hicksville Rd bridges are clearly visible.

Identify the survey company
Identify the airplane

Fairchild seems to obvious and easy to guess, but I’ll go with it anyway. Unsure about the plane.

Kudos question: The below aerials were taken by the same survey company. Identify the location and the likely year of these aerials.
A -locking down at Roosevelt Raceway in 1938. Both 1936 & 1937 seen in the photo.
B -unknown
C -Long Island Aviation Country Club in the 1930’s
D -Deepdale Golf Club 1938

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Apr 21 2019 Dennis Kelly 9:07 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Guy on a few of the Vanderbilt Cup Race centennial celebrations and I look back very fondly at those days. Guy was a gentleman and a true pleasure to work with. My condolences to his family.

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Apr 21 2019 Edward Stichweh 8:45 PM

Upcoming event at the Vanderbilt

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Apr 21 2019 Fred J Rieder 4:27 PM

This is a tough one for me.  But I’m going to guess that Photo “B” was taken around 1951 or 1952 and these are the Berkshire Homes being constructed in Carle Place right on the border of Mineola.  The closest structures will eventually be Cromwell Road and I think, the abandoned LIMP is on the lower right travelling parallel to the paved road from South to Northeast.  This may be my old hang out from when I was about 4 years old until I was old enough to deliver Newsday.  This, of course, hinges on the remote possibility I’m correct.
Thanks for the photos.
Fred Rieder

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Apr 21 2019 S. Berliner, III 1:59 PM

Whee!  Flat-forehead time again!  Fairchild Aerial Surveys and Fairchild airplane (with a weird tailfin) over Broad Hollow Road {?} ca. 1930, looking {LI} northwest.  “A” is clearly the ‘38/39 VCR course looking due (LI) south and “C”: is the LIACC looking due (LI) north.  Happy Easter/Passover/Whatever one and all!  Sam, III

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Apr 21 2019 S. Berliner, III 1:27 PM

I only knew Guy through his automotive and related Garden City interests, mostly LIMP, but the phrase “the consummate gentleman” came instantly to mind.  Sam, III

From A Tribute to Guy Frost (1934-2019)

Apr 21 2019 Gene Perry 1:16 PM

Great job Sam &Dave;! .I also explore different locations of the the old Motor parkway with some of my buddies looking for some remnants.Especially from Lakeville road and east.What I enjoy is the use of the interactive GPS map thats on the Vanderbilt races site.Have a great Easter and Passover everyone!  God bless. Gene Perry

From Sam & Dave’s “Excellent 2019 Vanderbilt Day”- #3 Searingtown

Apr 21 2019 Jeff Becker 12:37 PM

Dear Howard,  Thank you for this tribute a great person, a great gentleman, and a true friend to all of us who knew him.  It was a pleasure to see you and all the others who turned out yesterday to honor him.

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