Before Digital Cameras, Panoramas Were Created a Little Differently

How to capture the breadth of a recently surveyed land before the invention of the digital camera and its movable viewpoint? Water Project worker B.C. Noe approached this challenge with a do-it-yourself solution, involving a steady hand and a little tape. Like his composite photo below, the photos in this collection which portrayed panoramas, often of the untouched landscape before the beginning of a project (similar to Fortification Mountain and Hemenway Wash in the Boulder Canyon series), were regularly framed photos attached at the sides. This imitated a modern splicing effect and folded out over the report page.
NARA Series: Boulder Canyon Project Series, 1948-1966. Record Group 48: Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, 1826-2009. National Archives Identifier: 2292774