1906 Lawrence aerial photo

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The 1906 Lawrence aerial photo was the first panoramic aerial photograph of Santa Cruz. It was taken on June 24, 1906, by George R. Lawrence with a large wide-angle camera Lawrence had invented and built, held aloft by a string of kites. The camera's large negative allowed usable resolution even when zooming in close to the image. Prior to the Lawrence photograph, five panoramic views of Santa Cruz had been created by artists - with varying degrees of accuracy and levels of detail.

A digitized copy of the photograph can be downloaded from the Library of Congress.

The early Santa Cruz panoramic pictorial views: