America by the Yard: Cirkut Camera: Images from the Early Twentieth Century

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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.

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Robert B. MacKay, PhD, is an author, historian, and former director of the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA). His previous books include Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860–1940 and America by the Yard: Cirkut Camera. He lives in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

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Book Description Norton, 2006. Book Condition: New. The Cirkut, Eastman Kodak's rotating panoramic camera, was introduced in 1905 and widely used in America in the 1910s and 1920s to photograph scenic vistas, major events and large groups. This collection of 'yard-longs' from the era includes views of fairgrounds, sports meetings, factories and engineering projects as well as historic events such as the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson. The book's very large format and numerous fold-out pages mean that the images can be reproduced at the size they demand. Bookseller Inventory # 222099

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