Visual Culture in 19th Century San Francisco
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Visual Culture in 19th Century San Francisco



Celestial Diggins, Mongolian Flat, in 1849

[Photographer’s Number 853, as listed in the Catalogue of 1873]. 1 photographic print: stereograph, albumen ; 9 x 18 cm. Stereographs of the West from The Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection, BANC PIC 1995.008—STER, Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

[title was a handwritten caption, but could not have been taken before 1855 if the photographer was Muybridge].

Creator/Contributor: Attributed to Eadweard J. Muybridge

Publisher: Bradley & Rulofson

Date: 1872

Location: San Francisco

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Consuming Identities: Visual Culture in 19th Century San Francisco traces the growth of the commodified image industry in San Francisco during the nineteenth century, incorporating mass-reproduced visual representations of people into a broader history and explaining the cultural roots of modern celebrity.

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