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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Street View Car: 1923

Street View Car: 1923

        This early prototype "Go-Ogle Auto-Rig" was operated by a driver and a lensman who fed motion picture film into the 360-degree camera at the rate of 90 feet per minute. After being conveyed through the mobile developing tank, footage was viewed using a stereopticon indexed to a telephone directory.

March 26, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Test car, Bureau of Standards." See above for details. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

At least you got the speed right

Because 35mm movie film running at the standard projection rate of 24 fps does, indeed, move through the gates at 90 feet a minute. (I first made this calculation for myself in about 1971, when I was working as a cinema projectionist.)

Well done Dave

Happy April Fools' Day.

Ding ding!

Pull my other leg, it has bells on it.

What a fool am I

Ok, you got me. I was at least three-quarters of the way through that description before it finally got just a little too bizarre.

Once Old is New Again

The articles on the net about this device are fascinating. Just cannot find anything on Bing.

Beat ya to it

Looks like these guys beat Google to the punch.

Go-Ogle, indeed!

And a happy All Fool's Day to everyone in Shorpyland, too!

Now We Know

Where 'Google Maps' came from. Would really enjoy seeing some of their results.

Basic Design Problem

With the Weather Vane feature on that "Camera" even if the car drove around in tight circles the "Camera" would constantly point in the same direction.

April Fool?

This thing looks more like a kind of mobile wind speedmeter.

 
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