Wide Angle 2.0

Marvin Boland’s all seeing panoramic camera was busy in Tacoma during the first half of the 20th Century, scanning the city in full power and expansion and recording its people at work and play. His complicated optical contraption got lugged up to the most confounding positions to create sweeping horizontal images that force a sense of movement and grand scale. Its like Cinerama in black and white without moving.

Here’s another gallery of panoramics, sometimes called cylindrographs or head turners. Marvin Boland’s spectacular legacy of images is shared between the Tacoma Public Library and the Washington State Historical Society. These are from WSHS and can be viewed in amazing high resolution at their on line collections site. search under “Boland”



Stadium 1922Stadium 1919

Stadium Bowl pageants

From City Hall 1923Aug 20 1922May 1922sept 1922

Downtown Views

1932 tinted Fox DairyJuly 19, 1932

Hand Tinted Pastorals

The Men Who Built Victory Hall in a Day Totem Pole Square Tacoma Wash, March 24th 1918
Men Who Built Victory Hall in a Day.March 24th, 1918
WA letter carriers 2.22.1913
WA State Letter Carriers, Tacoma February 1913
Tacoma Biscut and Candy 1921
Tacoma Biscuit & Candy Co 1921
Weeler Osgood workforce 1931
Weeler Osgood Workforce 1931


Dash Point 1921
apr 3 1926
Tide Flats 1926




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