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Published: 26 April 2018

416 Pages | 52 halftones


ISBN: 9780190268978

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Consuming Identities

Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco

Amy DeFalco Lippert

  • Traces the origins of the fixation on celebrity with the obsession of pictures of individuals in the 1850s
  • Revises current scholarship to the effect that the gold rush (not the Civil War) was the first important chapter in the history of photography, especially in the U.S.
  • Rediscovers the importance of imagery in gold rush history with miner portraits, family portraits, and illustrated stationery among other pictures

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