a result of hundreds of hours of professional restoration, we are
able to offer antique images as no one has ever seen them.
These old photographs have been cleaned-up and enlarged to show
detail -- historical views presented as never before!
These beautiful prints, fascinating and entertaining, and sure
conversation pieces when framed.
Printed with the finest archival inks on heavy acid-free photo
paper, ready to frame! We hope that you and your family will
enjoy these prints for generations.
framed to display in any business, school, or home. Hang one
of these amazing photographs in your office, restaurant, bar or
saloon, doctor's or dentist's office, waiting room, law office, hair
salon, barber shop, classroom, antique store, house or vacation home
-- anywhere you want a fun and fascinating vintage image!
You've really got to see these huge panoramic photographs to appreciate them,
so buy one and we'll gladly refund your purchase price if you
don't love it!
Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back...
We sell quality pieces
painstakingly restored, professionally printed, and carefully shipped,
and we're quite confident that you'll be happy with your purchase.
If there is any reason why you're not pleased with your panorama, we'll
gladly refund your money.
About the above print:
"1910 Airplane Race" 1st
National Aviation Meet, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, June 13-18,
This photograph is
printed on heavy photo paper, 38 inches long by 13 inches wide.
Image is approximately 36 inches long by 9 ¾ inches wide.
It can be framed as is or trimmed to several frame sizes. Some of
our customers like to frame these as wide as the paper. Some like to
trim them for longer, narrower frames. We can even trim these
for you if you prefer!
from "1910 Airplane Race"
from "1910 Airplane Race" panorama
Here's an example
of how these panoramics can look framed. The image size in this
picture is 36" x 9" and the paper was trimmed down to leave only a
narrow border. You may choose to leave a wider border, or to matte
Frame not included
RESTORED panoramic photographic prints available from SummertownPrints.com
these images have been extensively restored, please keep in mind
that they are from 100-year-old negatives. The originals were often
cracked, stained, scratched or damaged in other ways.
All had division marks where the
several plates making up these photographs were placed side-by-side
to create the panoramic effect. We have spent many, many
hours restoring these to get them to their current state. These photographs are
glimpses into history; they will not always look
like recently taken modern photographs. To the best of our
knowledge no one has ever seen better quality prints of these
photographs. They simply do not exist.
Shortly after the invention of photography in 1839, the desire to
show overviews of cities and landscapes prompted photographers to
create panoramas. Early panoramas were made by placing two to a
dozen daguerreotype plates side-by-side to form a panoramic image.
Daguerreotypes, the first commercially available photographic
process, used silver- coated copper plates to produce highly
Some of the earliest vintage panoramics were taken and assembled
this way by George Barnard, a photographer for the Union Army in the
American Civil War in the 1860s. His work, revolutionary at the
time, provided vast overviews of fortifications and terrain.
Military engineers and generals greatly valued these panoramic
Barnard's panoramas were printed from two or more wet-plate glass
negatives that were exposed in a conventional camera. The
"wet-plates" had to be coated with an emulsion, sensitized, exposed,
and developed in the field while the plates were still wet. After
each exposure, the camera was rotated to the next section of the
panorama to make a new negative. Upon return to the studio, a print
was made from each negative by placing a sensitized sheet of
photographic paper on the emulsion side of the negative in a
printing frame. The frame was placed in the sun until the prints
achieved the desired density. The prints were then fixed, washed,
trimmed, arranged, and mounted to form a panoramic photograph.
The separately mounted prints, made from the four plates, are
visible in the finished panorama. The perspective is similar to that
of another popular bird's-eye view technique known as panoramic
In the late nineteenth century, cameras were manufactured
specifically for producing panoramas. These cameras were either
swing-lens cameras, where the lens rotated while the film remained
stationary, or 360-degree rotation cameras, where both the camera
and the film rotated.
Following the invention of flexible film in 1887 panoramic
photography was revolutionized. The invention, initially created by
Hannibal Goodwin and later copied and marketed by the Eastman Kodak
Company, was a milestone in photography and greatly benefited
panoramic photography in particular, spawning a wave of cameras
utilizing this new, convenient, and practical method. Soon after,
dozens of cameras came on the market.
The Cirkut camera was patented in 1904. It used large format film,
ranging in width from 5" to 16" and was capable of producing a
360-degree photograph measuring up to 20 feet long. Both the camera
and the film rotated on a special tripod during the exposure.