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Consuming Identities: Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco

Amy DeFalco Lippert


Along with the rapid expansion of the market economy and industrial production methods, innovations including photography, lithography, and steam printing created a pictorial revolution in the nineteenth century. Consuming Identities: Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco explores the significance of that revolution in one of its vanguard cities: San Francisco, the revolving door of the gold rush and the hub of Pacific migration and trade. The proliferation of visual prints, ephemera, spectacles, and technologies transformed public values and perceptions, and its legacy was as sig ... More

Keywords: visual culture, San Francisco, photography, celebrity, portraits, images, mass entertainment, cultural history, urban history, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190268978
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190268978.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy DeFalco Lippert, author
Assistant Professor of American History and the College, University of Chicago