If vintage photographs don’t allow us to actually experience the past, they at least let us have a glimpse of it. Some of the rarest antique photos are the panoramas which required special cameras to make them.
There have been many different types of panoramic cameras with different capabilities. The images I like the best were made by the cameras that could take a 360 degree photo. A full circle.
We are extremely fortunate to have in our collection the panoramic photo featured in this post. It is a full 360 degree view of the intersection of Sutton and Hazel taken in 1930. Parts of it will be familiar to the regular viewers of this blog as I have cropped it as needed to illustrate different posts.
We are in debt to the generosity of Mary Harper Hall, descendant of the Harper’s Pharmacy folks, who gave us the print that now is in the collection of the Maplewood Public Library.
The print is 4 inches high by 41 inches long. It is what is known as a contact print and is the exact size as the film that it was made from. Long ago I saw this same print as well as another by the photographer whose name I have now forgotten in the Carondelet Historical Society’s collection in their building on Michigan. So if anyone reading this should find their way down there, take a picture of them both and get that photographer’s name, will ya’?
As you might expect this is not the best forum to view a photograph 41 inches long. I have chopped it up with enough overlap that hopefully the viewer will be able to get a pretty good idea of what this looks like. If not let me know and I’ll email you a higher resolution version.