If you are familiar with how a Kodak Cirkut camera works, they make a continuous piece of film as they drive around a lazy susan type platform with a spring wound motor. Kodak made them up to 16 inches so 16 inch by 9 or 10 foot long pictures were possible. However in 1913 in Tonopah Nevada where I live, a fellow named Sheelor came to town and had the foundry (which is still here) make a 22 inch tall Cirkut type camera. We have an image made with this camera in our local museum that is 22" X 12 or 13 feet long. The Tonopah Times Bonanza touted it as the worlds largest photograph in 1913. Sure that pinhole neg they made in a hangar is bigger but did they ever make a print? This one is the real deal. The original camera exists in Alaska. Ron Klein owns it. We plan on bringing it back to Tonopah for a Boomtown History event this August. It will be displayed in the Central Nevada Museum next to the photo it made 96 years ago.
Do you still have your Cirkut?
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