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George R. Lawrence
Loading Camera on flat car.
[The Largest Photograph in the World of the Handsomest Train in the World]
Indiana Historical Society
Item ID: M0818_BOX5_FOLDER8_PAM
In 1899 "The Alton Limited" train was built in Pullman, Illinois. This train was noted because of its uniform and symmetrical design. Therefore, it's builders requested that a single panoramic photograph be taken of this exceptional train. Photographer George R. Lawrence was commissioned to take the photograph and a giant camera (weighing 1,400 pounds when loaded) was built by J. A. Anderson. The camera had a 10 x 6-foot plate holder, and the print taken of "The Alton Limited" was 8 x 4.5 feet in size. This pamphlet, created to commemorate the endeavor, includes the story and photos of the camera being built, transported and set up for the Alton photo shoot. It also includes interior and exterior photos of the train.
The Largest Photograph in the World of the Handsomest Train in the World (Pamphlet describing the oiperation to photograph the train)
(Accessed: 11 November 2019)