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



[photograph of a seated Chinese man]

Carte-de-visite, approx. 9.0 x 5.7 cm. on mount 10.7 x 6.5 cm. William Shew folder, Image ID Number 2015047, WA Photos 357, Carl Mautz collection of cartes-de-visite photographs created by California photographers, ca. 1855-1895, Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Creator/Contributor: William Shew

Date: c. 1866

Location: San Francisco

Handwritten on verso: “Luan Yuen [?].” Printed on verso: 421 Montgomery St.; “N.B. [nota bene] Duplicates of this can be obtained by sending name and number, and an order from the party for whom it was taken.”

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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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