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



[seven members of the Duchow family of Salem, MA, including Captain Johann Carl Duchow (1793-1857) and—standing in center—eldest son John Charles Duchow (1830-1901), along with two infants].

1 photograph: daguerreotype; half plate, visible image 9.1 x 12.2 cm. BANC PIC 1955.022:001�CASE, Cased photographs and related images from The Bancroft Library pictorial collections, Duchow family portraits, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Creator/Contributor: W[illia]m Snell

Date: c. 1850

Location: Salem, MA

This portrait was taken sometime prior to younger J.C. Duchow�s 1852 departure for California. Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: faces slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative. Embossed on case pad: Wm. Snell / Artist / Salem. Type: case. Motif: floral - variant of Urn with flowers (Rinhart no. 64 / Berg no. 4-5). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 12.1 x 15.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif and photographer�s name.

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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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