By MARGARET L. WILLIS
Over 100 people turned out Friday, August 9, at 3 p.m., to recreate a 100
year old panoramic photograph of downtown Chesterton.
Photographer Dan Bruhn set up his camera on a stationary tripod in the
center of the intersection of Broadway and Calumet Ave.
Friday was the 100th anniversary of the original panoramic picture, made in
1913, also at around 3 in the afternoon on August 9.
The 1913 photograph shows a horse and buggy, early automobiles, ladies in
long skirts and hats and men in dark pants and white shirts, some wearing
suspenders and hats.
Bruhn recreated the photograph by rotating his digital camera atop a tripod,
shooting eight separate segments that can be spliced together to create a
panorama of the scene.
On Friday folks turned out in 2013 summer dress, shorts, tank tops and flip
flops, though a few wore ‘costumes’ of the period of 1913. Jim Jeselnick, of
Chesterton, wore old-fashioned golf attire and one gentleman wore dark pants
and a white shirt, with suspenders and a hat.
Chesterton resident Tom Smith made a point of standing just where his own
grandfather had stood for the 1913 photograph, on the southwest corner of
the intersection in front of the Smith building.
Copies of the 1913 photo are avilable for purchase at the Westchester
Township Museum store, in the Brown Mansion, 700 West Porter Ave.,