The Minnesota Digital Library is excited to announce the addition of a series of 14 panoramic photographs into the Minnesota State University, Mankato collection in Minnesota Reflections. These images capture class portraits during the years when the school was known as the Mankato State Teachers College. These images were taken by professional photographers who not only used specialized equipment to capture the horizontally elongated field of view; but who also carefully arranged the hundreds of faculty and students in order to include everyone in the portrait. In addition to documenting the members of each class, these images also provide a fun and fascinating look at the clothing and hair styles of the time period.
The rise of panoramic photographs during the late 19th and early 20th centuries is due to the advent and widespread availability of several different panoramic cameras including the Wonder Panoramic Camera (1889), Stereo Cyclographe (1894), the Al-Vista (1898), the Kodak Panoram (1899), the Periphote (1900), and the Cirkut Camera (1904). For more information on the history panoramic photography check out this article at the Library of Congress: A Brief History of Panoramic Photography.