As a visual person, I love Te Ara because each story is told through images as well as text. We source images from anywhere and everywhere, but mainly through institutions like archives, libraries and museums. As users, you usually only ever see a smaller image that has been optimised for the web. Behind the scenes we are very lucky to see the more detailed version of every image.
However, using a tool called Zoomify we can allow you to zoom in and see all the detail in an image. We have been using it for years, but until now you have only been able to view it in a small window. We’ve recently updated Zoomify, and we’re now adding the ability to view them full-screen as we gain permission from copyright holders.
When viewing the high-res image, especially full-screen, you tend to notice details you’ve never seen before, like the texture of the paper, emotions on faces or the amount of detail that was hand-drawn into text.
So rather than view the image below in a small window, click on the green full-screen button, use the controls to zoom in, and fill your screen with moths (that might not sound particularly appealing, but you will just have to trust me). If you would prefer, we also have the pages covering larvae … and, if you must, butterflies.
Currently there are only around 200 that have the special green button, but we plan to extend it to more images in time. Here is a list of some of the best images that you can now view full-screen:
- Cook’s map of New Zealand, 1773
- New Zealand lighthouses in 1900
- Duck shooting, Lake Ellesmere
- Bird’s eye view of Auckland, 1886
- Ye diggings, 1852
- Kōwhai in London
- The Salvation Army in action: new training school, 1914
- Wellington’s plan, 1840
- Early map of Auckland’s volcanic features, 1865–66
And last but not least is a popular board game from the 1950’s called Holdson’s Educational Tour of New Zealand. Don’t worry if you end up in Palmy, you can immediately advance to Wellington.
Is your favourite image on Te Ara available full-screen? Let us know if it isn’t (or if it is) in the comments below.
(p.s. sorry for picking on you Palmy, you know I love you.)