Very old and historic Cirkut negatives discovered in Ogden

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  1. summicron1

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    OK, they don't have the drama of those frozen negatives found in Antarctica that everyone is raving around, but I just discovered some long-lost Graflex Cirkut negatives taken of Ogden, Utah, in 1901.

    They are commercial negatives, taken by a professional who marketed images to stereo view folks and others. I work in Ogden's Union Station museums and always assumed the negatives from these amazing views were long gone.

    But they aren't. They were in our collection all along. A couple are 10 inches wide and 20 inches long. We aren't going to try to make prints, but we were able to make high quality scans.

    Here's a couple samples, and here's a link to my blog that tells the whole story:

    http://charlestrentelman.blogspot.com/2014/05/wonderful-things-discovered-in-union.html

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    the lower negative is 10 inches wide and 20 inches long.
     
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    Those are fantastic. I would have so much fun playing with a cirkut....
     
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    Those are great! Thanks for showing them.

    Jeff
     
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    Interesting. Thank you.
    The view of Washington Boulevard does not show any curvature of straigt lines; looks more like a rectilinear projection.
     
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    Very cool images and wonderful blog post.
     
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    both of those images are on very long strips of film, so I don't think they're any sort of rectilinear projection -- I think the photographer just got his camera leveled properly. Whoever did these (and I intend to find out) knew what he was doing.
     
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    So you know if they were shot with cirkut cameras they were shot after 1906, which was the beginning of cirkut camera production How long are the actual strips? The cameras are fun to use. I plan on taking mine out to shoot a bit this summer.
     
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    Oh this is a cool find! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    This is awesome! It's really interesting to see what the area looked like back then. :smile: