Panoramic Photographs from the National Archives
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View of Havana harbor, Cuba, with vessels of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet in the distance

View of Havana harbor, Cuba, with vessels of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet in the distance

The photograph was taken by C. E. Doty. His studio location is unspecified as is the date, though it was probably the early 1910s. The image measures 52" x 10".

Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs - Panoramic Photographs of Cuba (165-PCW-B-24)

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"The Town Square, Arras, France. February, 1919"

"The Town Square, Arras, France. February, 1919"

This panorama was taken by Fred Schutz of Washington, DC, who was commissioned after World War I to photograph some of the war`s destruction and impact, especially in northern France. The Still Picture Branch has approximately 30 of these views in its holdings. The image may have been taken with a #8 Cirkut, for the image measures 26" x 8".

Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs - Panoramic Views of Army Units, Camps, and Related Industrial Sites (165-PP-15-19)

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View of soldiers from the 331st Machine Gun Battalion performing exercises at Camp Grant in Rockford, Illinois

View of soldiers from the 331st Machine Gun Battalion performing exercises at Camp Grant in Rockford, Illinois

This panorama was taken by the Duce & McClymonds Studio of Rockford, IL. The date was November 1917, not long before these soldiers pictured were sent off to fight in World War I. It measures 28" x 10".

Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs - Panoramic Views of Army Units, Camps, and Related Industrial Sites (165-PP-69-9)
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"Co. H, 347th Inf., Capt. T. R. Mobley Com'd'g. Am. Expeditionary Force. Camp Dix, New Jersey. January 1919"

"Co. H, 347th Inf., Capt. T. R. Mobley Com`d`g. Am. Expeditionary Force. Camp Dix, New Jersey. January 1919"

This photograph was shot by F. C. Lewis of Mount Holly, NJ, and shows unusual creative skill in its composition. It measures 38" x 8".

Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs - Panoramic Views of Army Units, Camps, and Related Industrial Sites (165-PP-77-1)
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Ground-level view of the (Mardi ?) excavation, looking south, during the initial construction of the Panama Canal

Ground-level view of the (Mardi ?) excavation, looking south, during the initial construction of the Panama Canal

The photographer and date are unknown, but other images from this series, showing similar views, date from around 1909. The image measures 36" x 10".
Records of the Panama Canal (185-P-12)
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"Gila Forest Camp, N. Mex. 109th Engineers, 34th Division. June 1918. Col. F. B. Downing C.O."

"Gila Forest Camp, N. Mex. 109th Engineers, 34th Division. June 1918. Col. F. B. Downing C.O."

The photographer here was Almeron Newman, who produced a great deal of work for the U.S. Army during the World War I era. Camp Cody, and others like it throughout the United States, was used as a training facility for soldiers scheduled to fight in Europe. The image was shot using the largest rotating lens panoramic camera ever produced by Kodak, the #16 Cirkut. The print measures 58" x 16".

Records of the Adjutant General`s Office, 1917- (Army) (407-P-6)

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"View of Washington. Looking East from Washington Monument"

"View of Washington. Looking East from Washington Monument" (Top)

This panorama is dated November 1916 and was taken by the H. W. Brown of Washington, DC. The image could not have been taken with a rotating panoramic camera from inside the monument, so it has been theorized that Mr. Brown was on scaffolding on the outside. This scaffolding had presumably been erected because cleaning or repair work was being performed on the Monument. The image measures 36" x 10".

Records of St. Elizabeth`s Hospital (418-P)

Below the Brown photograph is a comparison photograph taken by Richard Schneider of NARA`s Preservation Branch in January 1996. It was shot through the window on the observation level using a fixed lens camera producing a panoramic effect. It shows some of the many changes that have occurred on the Mall during the past 83 years. The Monument is scheduled for another cleaning and repair work before the end of this century, creating an opportunity for modern Cirkut shots of DC from this vantage point.

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