You've heard the saying "a picture's worth a thousand words." A recently published panorama of historic Minneapolis photographs gives us a visually verbose account of an iconic Midwestern city over a century ago.
Historic photography is a treasure trove for the curious-minded. This image provides not only a glimpse into times past, but can serve as an entertaining escape. That tour is especially appealing to those who subscribe to the "I was born in the wrong century" trope. I admit to falling for that sentiment.There’s something about the simplicity of times past that draws us in.
Pan around this image; you'll be intrigued by the clickable footnotes. This rooftop panorama from 1907 has been digitally stitched together from a series of 8 x 10 large-format view cameras. It offers incredible resolution for its time. Buildings are shown en masse, but zooming in reveals surprising detail: a man riding his bicycle, parked horse-and-carriages, and even people milling about on foot.
Historical voyeurism can take on a modern form, too. Download the Google Earth app and walk around the streets of a country you've never visited. Virtually exploring an area unknown to you reveals the power and potential of photography.
What's your favorite historical photograph? If the image is in the public domain, please share it in the comment section below.