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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.
A post for the first day of spring, and the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Commence sketching and shooting!
April 7, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Photographers shooting cherry blossoms at Tidal Basin." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
Mrs. Dorothy Holland, 20 years old, of Baltimore, lies in Georgetown University Hospital suffering from internal hemorrhages as a result of an automobile in which she was riding going over a 30-foot embankment near the Virginia end of the Chain bridge at 6 o'clock yesterday morning. ... According to the police, the accident was the result of an all-night party that began at 1 o'clock yesterday morning ...
Washington, D.C. A curious photograph titled "Auto wreck. 7/30/23." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.