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



Fort Vigilance, headquarters of San Francisco’s second Vigilance Committee, on Sacramento Street between Davis and Front Streets.

Salted-paper print, Cased photographs and related images from The Bancroft Library pictorial collections, F869.S3.9 F138x:08—VAULT, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Creator/Contributor: George R. Fardon, photographer

Date: [June 1856]

Location: San Francisco

Sandbag fortifications are in front of the building, armed guards are on the sandbags and on the roof, and the bell of the Monumental Engine Co. is mounted on the roof, as are small cannons. Cora and Casey had been hanged here some weeks previously. The sign at left is for Mills and Vantine liquor merchants, and the sign at right reads “Brown & Crowell.”

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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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