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America by the yard : cirkut camera : images from the early twentieth century /
Robert B. MacKay.
imprint
New York : W. W. Norton, 2006.
description
216 p. : chiefly ill. ; 28 x 39 cm.
ISBN
0393051609 (hardcover), 9780393051605 (hardcover)
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imprint
New York : W. W. Norton, 2006.
isbn
0393051609 (hardcover)
9780393051605 (hardcover)
catalogue key
6041330
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 214-215) and index.
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Cirkut cameras were used to record scenic vistas, gatherings and epic events. With its collection of American panoramic photographs, this book is both a history of an unusual camera and a display of what it produced. It covers the historic moments such as the building of the Panama Canal.
Main Description
An astonishing collection of early panoramic photographs, many up to 5 feet wide. This book is both a history of an unusual camera and a splendid display of its product. "Yard longs," as the Cirkut camera's huge panoramic photographs were called, caused a sensation after the camera's introduction in the early twentieth century. Cirkut cameras were used to record scenic vistas, epic events, and group photographs of conventioneers, workers, soldiers, and students. Here, with many foldouts that show the prints in their full glory, are such historic moments as the building of the Panama Canal, the sunken battleship Maine in Havana Harbor, the crash of the dirigible Shenandoah, the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the 1908 Wellesley graduating class, and a very early race at the Indianapolis Speedway. More mundane subjects--a bathing beauty contest, locomotive factory workers--are equally fascinating in this format. Collectively these panoramas form a remarkable portrait of America at the turn of the last century. 16" x 11", 80 photographs; 8 4-panel, 2 6-panel gatefolds.
Main Description
This book is both a history of an unusual camera and a splendid display of its product. "Yard longs," as the Cirkut camera's huge panoramic photographs were called, caused a sensation after the camera's introduction in the early twentieth century. Cirkut cameras were used to record scenic vistas, epic events, and group photographs of conventioneers, workers, soldiers, and students. Here, with many foldouts that show the prints in their full glory, are such historic moments as the building of the Panama Canal, the sunken battleship Maine in Havana Harbor, the crash of the dirigible Shenandoah , the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the 1908 Wellesley graduating class, and a very early race at the Indianapolis Speedway. More mundane subjects ”a bathing beauty contest, locomotive factory workers ”are equally fascinating in this format. Collectively these panoramas form a remarkable portrait of America at the turn of the last century.
Main Description
This book is both a history of an unusual camera and a splendid display of its product. "Yard longs," as the Cirkut camera's huge panoramic photographs were called, caused a sensation after the camera's introduction in the early twentieth century. Cirkut cameras were used to record scenic vistas, epic events, and group photographs of conventioneers, workers, soldiers, and students. Here, with many foldouts that show the prints in their full glory, are such historic moments as the building of the Panama Canal, the sunken battleship Maine in Havana Harbor, the crash of the dirigible Shenandoah , the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the 1908 Wellesley graduating class, and a very early race at the Indianapolis Speedway. More mundane subjects'”a bathing beauty contest, locomotive factory workers'”are equally fascinating in this format. Collectively these panoramas form a remarkable portrait of America at the turn of the last century.

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