1917 Falk Panoramic Photographic View of Yale University Campus

Yale Campus. - Main View

1917 Falk Panoramic Photographic View of Yale University Campus


Huge panorama of Yale.


Yale Campus.
  1917 (undated)     9.75 x 60 in (24.765 x 152.4 cm)


This is an enormous c. 1917 panoramic photo of Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, by the Falk Photo Company.
A Closer Look
The view looks on the Yale Quad from, roughly, Phelps Gate. Connecticut Hall, the oldest campus building, appears at far left. Moving right, we recognize the façade of Linsly Hall, built in 1907. The two towered buildings at center is Henry Austin's (1804 - 1891) Dwight Hall, the old library, currently under renovation. Further right, the many chimneyed building is Russell Sturgis's Durfee Hall (1871), the first dormitory at Yale built of stone.
Publication History and Census
This image was issued by the Falk Photo Company, out of their annex office in Boston. Unconfirmed word-of-mouth provenance from the seller suggests that it hung in a department store in New Haven since its issue until recently, and was sold once that business closed. This is the only known example.


Benjamin Joseph Falk (October 14, 1853 - March 19, 1925) was an American based photographer who specialized in celebrity portraits, including Theodore Roosevelt and Georgie Drew Barrymore, and panoramic images - mostly of military encampments, battleships, sports teams, and other large groups. His firm, Falk Photo Company, was based in New York, with an annex in Boston. Falk was born in Manhattan and graduated from the City College of New York in 1872. He studied the emerging field of photography under George Rockwood. In 1877, Falk opened a photo studio in New York, at 347 East 14th Street. Enjoying considerable success, in 1881 he relocated to 949 Broadway (22nd St, where the Flatiron is today). It is not clear when the Boston branch of his firm opened, but likely after 1910. The Boston branch seems to have focused more on the panoramic images than celebrity photography. More by this mapmaker...


Large photograph. Laid on board. Some edge damage.