In the spring of 1952, when she traveled around the country, photographing both world famous and utterly nondescript sites (and sights) in New York, California, Illinois, Indiana and elsewhere from the vantage point of a helicopter, few who knew anything of her career would be surprised. The pictures were made from a helicopter are simply and unabashedly cool.
The Statue of Liberty
Coney Island, Brooklyn
Columbus Circle, New York City
Midtown Manhattan (with the entrance to a cross-river tunnel visible at lower left)
The George Washington Bridge
Beach accident, the near drowning of a Coney Island bather named Mary Eschner, draws knot of people. Reviving victim lies in center, attended by lifeguards. Some bathers (foreground) wave a helicopter as they run from water.
Location unknown (New York State)
Water skiers and motorboats speed across the water, Long Beach, California
Steel plant, Gary, Indiana
Pittsburgh Steamship Co. ship carrying ore to US Steel plant, Gary, Indiana
Chicago's famous Wrigley Building looks like candy castle from a helicopter above spire. Building is split in two parts and a railroad track runs between them. Behind them is Chicago River, with Michigan Avenue bridge.
Grain elevator, operated by the Norris Grain Co. on the southeast side of Chicago, unloads corn from lake boat in a Calumet River slip (right foreground). In the freight yards (background) snow-covered gondola cars are loaded with coal.
Trains after snowfall, Chicago
Over the Texas star on the San Jacinto Monument near Houston, helicopter-borne camera looks sharply down 570-foot shaft to steps and parking space below. Tower marks spot where Sam Houston defeated General Santa Anna in 1836.
Beach riders guide their horses along the shore at high tide at Ocean Beach, near Fort Funston, California, as the long, low Pacific rollers make mountain like patterns of the surf.
Farm workers harvesting onions, Burbank, California
Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California
Golden Gate Bridge
Coronado Hotel and its surroundings, San Diego, California
Freight train traveling through the El Cajon Pass outside San Diego, California
(Photographs by Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)