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



El Dorado gambling hall, McGuire’s Theatre, Union Hotel - on Portsmouth Square.

1 photographic print: b&w. Photograph identification no. AAB-7032, negative no. 6653, folder: S.F. Parks-Portsmouth Plaza and S.F. Districts-Civic Center-City Hall-Early, San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

Creator/Contributor: Unidentified photographer

Date: 1865

Location: San Francisco

Written on verso: “#413 Helen Holdredge collection; courtesy Pioneer Society of California.”

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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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