Here Are Some Impressive Early 20th Century Photographs
Who doesn't like a panoramic view of a cityscape or a landscape or even…a portrait?
Probably no one right, it's our history and a reminder of where photography came from too.
Here then, are a late nineteenth and early twentieth-century collection of panoramas from commercial photographers of that age.
Panoramic photo format gained popularity during the start of the twentieth century. These have now been carefully archived with the assistance of a few skilled people.
Assistant curator Carol Johnson worked tirelessly on this collection and the digitization of the collection was overseen by Philip J. Michel, a conversion specialist.
The collection is available at the Library of Congress and it has about 4,000 images that were submitted by photographers to the Library of Congress for copyright protection during the late 19th and early 20th century.
This collection holds works of more than four hundred commercial photographers. These photographs were used in magazines, postcards, real estate ads and to promote tourism in the tourist industry at that time.
The United States Of America – How It Was Then
Here you can view a collection of panoramas that give an overview of America’s late nineteenth and twentieth-century cityscapes, landscapes and portraits. The collection includes
- Agricultural Life,
- Beauty Contests,
- Engineering Works,
- Military and Naval Activities,
- Schools and colleges, and
Most of the images are dated between 1851 and 1991 and have pictures from all the fifty states in America and the District of Columbia. There are some pictures from foreign countries too during this period.
The actual size of these images ranges from 28 inches x 6 feet while the average width is 10 inches.
The reason why you see fold lines in the digital reproductions is, because the panoramic photographs were cut into two or three sections so that they could be mounted on linen, folded and stored in boxes.