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



[UC]: Croquis comiques pour les gents sérieux [Comic sketches for serious people], [LC]: Actualités [News]; San Francisco [California] en 1855.

Print on paper mounted on paper: lithograph 25.4 x 35.5 cm. California Pictorial Lettersheets from the Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material, BANC PIC 1963.002:0459—B, Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Creator/Contributor: Charpin [French artist, active ca. 1855]

Date: 1855

Printed dialog caption (LC) stating that “Actualitiés” form a collection commenting on absurdities committed by legislature or by interpretations of law. Inscriptions in French.

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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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