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A Russell Panorama -with Zig Zag – #191

These days, when almost every Smartphone and digital camera is capable of taking panoramic images, this type of photo is not unusual. When this one was taken, between 1927 and 1931, processes were a little different. You can see where the two photos are joined – the line runs southwest across the beach, the nonexistent Strand, an empty section north of the present day Police House, through where the tennis courts and playcentre are now and on up the hill just south of the “ZigZag”. This photo was published in a booklet “Beautiful Views of North Auckland ” by Whangarei photographer J. Batchelor and printed by the Northern Advocate.