Pictures for Everyone

Nineteenth-century Photographs, Prints and Posters

Closed March 16, 2012

Nineteenth-century Americans were keen observers of the world around them, and they eagerly sought to acquire all types of pictures. The introduction of photography and improvements in graphic production made printed images much more available for use in family albums, illustrated magazines and newspapers, and as posters for advertising. This exhibition features images which explore how nineteenth century audiences received and shared visual information that crossed many barriers, including those of race, class, and language. The display will also feature related items including a sheet music printing plate, an illustrated newspaper and a Kodak camera.