The earliest photograph showing steamboats, the Cincinnati Panorama of 1848 by Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter, has been admired for more than 160 years for its artistry and technique. Recently, it achieved a new level of acclaim, when enlarged microscopic images from the Panorama, a daguerreotype, revealed an amazing level of clarity at up to 32 times magnification. Join Patricia Van Skaik, manager of the Genealogy & Local History Department, as she presents “Steamboats Through an Early Lens,” exploring what the images tell about steamboats and life in 19th-century Cincinnati. The lecture is a FotoFocus presentation and will be given in the Genealogy & Local History Program Space.
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