Native American "Indians" in 1916 panorama

Retro-Look Pano-Spheres

Here are a few examples of fully-spherical panoramas created between 2010 and 2015, and in these fast changing times a couple years feels “RETRO”, when it comes to technology and 360-degree virtual tours. By the way, these days it seems definitions are more malleable for many people. So, I’ll share that I personally define RETRO as an “imitation” (reproduction or faux version) of recent-past styles (recent-past is probably more relative to one’s age), whereas something VINTAGE is 20 or more years old, and ANTIQUE is something over 100 years of age or in the past. CLASSIC, to me, is more of a style which is recognized nearly continually by many as highly respected and of quality even beyond its heyday.

This very grainy sepia tone “antique” Native American panorama was originally created in 1916, then I manipulated the digitized, long, rectangular image into a fully-spherical panorama 100 years later (in 2016). The unreadable (to me) original photographers name and place (also unknown to me) are transferred along the way in case someone else might be able to read them. However, the date is clearly June of 1916. I’ve manipulated a digital copy of the original black & white photograph and digitally warped it into this experimental TEST sphere, just to see if it might work to do so.

The fairly straight line of people warped became a tighter circle than I would have liked, but it worked (hosted via RoundMe) for this initial test. Someday I may find a few old panoramas with Native American peoples, tipis, horses and such to create a more engaging collage for somewhat of an illusionary peek back in time; a faux wraparound. As for viewing, I simply use an economical Google Cardboard-style Viewfinder or perhaps a Samsung 360 Gear (headgear). I have not checked into creating a stereographic printout for viewing with an antique stereoscope.

Sadly, it appears these Native American “Indians”, and their suitcases packed with what little remains of a former lifestyle, are being moved yet AGAIN, but from where, to where?

If you wish to see more scanned antique panorama photographs on file at the Library of Congress, check out this link (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/pan/ Use various keywords in the SEARCH box for more narrowcast results.). They have about 4,000 panoramas; some from each of 50 states of these United States of America, as well as the District of Columbia (as I understand it from my years researching data at the Gonzaga Law Library, WA DC is a foreign corporation with respect to the 50 states), and samplings from other locations around the world.

Sometimes I simply turn a color panorama to black & white or experiment with various sepia tones to suggest an antique quality, especially if the surroundings lean toward more “antique” than color would suggest. This second example is from over on the west side of the Cascade Mountains in the state of Washington (USA). Built in 1908, the “Olympic Club Pub” is over 100 years old and has an interior not so different from those early days. This was a great place to showcase part of the virtual tour in full-color, and others panoramas in the set converted to black & white and other sepia tones.

The Olympic Club Pub is located at 112 North Tower Avenue, Centralia, Washington 98531 USA. The Pub occupies the former card room of the Olympic Club Hotel & Theater, where the likes of Tacoma Iron Mike, Honest John, and One-Eyed Tony once convened nightly for spirited games of poker. Little has changed since the remodel in 1913, with dark wood, Art Nouveau stenciling, Tiffany-style lights, beveled glass and a beautiful period bar. Now named “McMenamin’s Olympic Club”, the Oly Pub has a terrific restaurant-style menu and is also open for breakfast seven days a week. The massive Round Oak wood stove is kept toasty during chilly months and take in the view of the hotel’s classic-styled pool hall which features seven original Brunswick pool-billiards tables and a couple shuffleboards. I believe that is one name for those long, slender, dusty tables that look like a tiny bowling lane. It has been about 50 years since this photographer has played that game in earnest. This text was paraphrased in part from: http://www.mcmenamins.com/451-olympic-club-home … See more on Centralia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Washington … and at: http://www.cityofcentralia.com/

This third “virtual tour” isn’t really so old, being from 2014, was (and evidently still is) hosted on TourWrist, which was retired and revived as Sphere (TheSphere), which also ended up going nearly dormant, but not dark as of this posting in mid-March of 2017.  As I understand it, both hosts have nobody working at them or on them, but it seems whomever owns or pays for the servers is still feeding them electricity and an Internet connection.

Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center (CBFIC Foundation) developed an educational facility at 15212 US-97-ALT (“alt”= alternate and refers to this section of highway being on the west side of the Columbia River while US-97 is on the east side via Orondo until the meet up at Chelan Falls on the west shore). CBFIC is growing each year with volunteers adding various services which now include a museum, retired lookout stations, interpretive trails (explaining the causes, pros, cons, and more of wildland fires with educational signage posted along the pathway), an outdoor amphitheater and large shelter for allowing school bus loads of kids to get out of the sun and learn more while enjoying their picnic lunches or such. Also now on the property around that shelter is the Wildland Firefighter Memorial Walk (WFMW) with its own separate TRAIL and memorial plaques for individual fallen firefighters.  The placards are each applied to a rock along the pathway. We plan to add a virtual tour of the Wildland Firefighter Memorial Walk on Google Street View in 2017 (WFMW uses the same driveway directly off from the west edge of the highway at marker 15212, however it is listed on most current maps as at 15028 US-97 ALT, Entiat, Washington 98822 USA).