Yes, it was commissioned by the Chicago and Alton Railway to promote a new train. The camera was built in Chicago and the photographer was George R. Lawrence--a very interesting guy. The size of the plate was 8 x 4 1/2 feet.
Originally Posted by Frank Szabo
Sounds really great. I need a print to go in the living room. Can he get matting and a frame to match the pattern in my couch?
Seriously, sounds like a labor of love.
How does he mount and display this size image?
Interesting indeed. Thanks for the mentioning of his name.
Check out this business card....
Here's another business card from my collection.
And you might like my website about the George Lawrence San Francisco project.
Ron in Alaska
This about the size of the camera I saw in the photo museum in Antwerp. Maybe a bit smaller, but not much looking at the photograph you posted... an incredible machine. The camera was part of the AGFA-GEVAERT camera collection (Agfa Photo-Historama), which was divided into the cameras going to Antwerp, while the photographs of that collection ended up in Keulen.
Originally Posted by Barry S
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I have read the rest of the thread and know about 1913, but here's a link to the new record anyway:
Just because it's interesting how they achieved it.
Originally Posted by johnnywalker
"Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank
"Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman
"...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh
That was a different discovery. I copied the text below from the Library of Congress.
Originally Posted by athanasius80
This collection of early theatrical films, known more familiarly as the Dawson Collection, is most notable for its source: a Yukon swimming pool. During the summer of 1978, amid restoration of Dawson City (a gold rush era boom town in the Yukon Territory) workmen unearthed a cache of 35mm nitrate film. At the end of the distribution chain, some 500 reels had accumulated there, and in 1929 were dumped as fill in a swimming pool that had come to the end of its usefulness. The region's deep and abiding cold (still today the only known retardant of nitrate deterioration) contributed to a high survival rate of the buried treasure, although water damage took its toll, especially from the top layer. Quick, improvised action on the part of the Public Archives of Canada (now National Archives of Canada, Moving Image and Sound Archives), with the cooperation of the Library of Congress and the American Film Institute, was necessary in order to salvage the survivors. See Sam Kula's "There's Film in Them Thar Hills!" (American Film, July/August 1979) for an action- packed account of the discovery and rescue. LC has the U.S. productions, some 190 reels, and all have been preserved and cataloged.
Although a number of important, and rare, early films (including "Polly of the Circus" , with Mae Marsh and "Bliss" , with Harold Lloyd) were unearthed in Dawson City, many survive only as incomplete copies. There are features, shorts, several serials and some news films. Title cards are filed in the Film and Television Catalog, and copies of these cards have been collected for a subject file in the Reading Room.
Looks like at least four very interesting (nonfiction) stories in this thread. Any pointers to additional information not listed would be most useful.
* the 22 inch Circuit Camera
* the San Francisco Kite adventure
* the Alton Railroad Photograph (this has been published in hardcover in at least one train book I've seen)
* the Dawson swimming pool find
(+ the Hanger in S California was well documented in several media types)
I can verify that Google has a bunch of stuff on everything except the 22" Cirkut camera.
It might have stuff on that too, but I haven't looked for anything on that particular story.
You sir, are also an interesting guy. That's quite an adventure re-photographing the Lawrence SF kite photograph. If you decide to reconstruct the great camera, consider my help at your disposal.
Originally Posted by panoramic