I'm looking at a photo of Redwood trees, that measures 20"Hx144"L continuous,no seams. It dates from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Is that possible? Who might have produced this?
Photography was born in 1827. Soon photo engineering was advancing at a rapid pace. In 1890, the Cyclographe a foyer variable was marketed by J. Damoizeau of Paris. This camera has a spring motor that rotates the camera. The result was a panoramic view 360⁰. The camera could be stopped in its rotation making the view any desired angle. What followed was a parade many different camera designs that recorded on film a panoramic view. I have a print, similar, taken at the Port of New York, my father’s regiment, the 42nd Rainbow, embarking for France in World War 1. Modern Panoramic cameras continued in production to the present era.
Photographic paper was made in rolls and cut later, so continuous photo of this size was possible. Photos of that size could have been developed using sponges and other tools, so wet processing of such a big piece of paper was most likely also possible at that time. Exposure would have to be very long, but I think it was also doable.
Who might have produced this in late 1800 or early 1900? A photographic studio that wanted to show their capabilities? Photographic paper and film manufacturer? A serious hobbyist? John Muir himself?