Online Resources for the
1848 Cincinnati Panorama
The eight daguerreotype plates in their original 1848 black and gold mat.
Used with permission from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
In September 1848, photographers Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter set up their camera on a rooftop along the Ohio River in Newport, Kentucky, to take a panoramic view of Cincinnati. They panned their camera across Cincinnati's waterfront, each time capturing a different segment of the growing city's skyline. The resulting images from that Septmber day, eight whole-plate daguerreotypes, were simply titled '"Daguerreotype View of Cincinnati. Taken from Newport, Kentucky." Recognized then and now as one of the finest sets of daguerreotypes of its kind, this dramatic view of Cincinnati is known today as "The Cincinnati Panorama" and is included in the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. A reproduction of the Panorama can be seen as a mural in the Atrium of the Main Library's South Building.
-- From the brochure "The Cincinnati Panorama of 1848"
NOTE: The 1848 Cincinnati Panorama and all images of it are owned by the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County and are provided here for general historical interest and personal research purposes only. Inquire with the Genealogy & Local History Dept. of the Public Library for use and reproduction rights and permissions.
On 21 May 2011 the original Panorama with 1848 matting was restored to public display in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room on the thrid floor of the Main (Downtown) Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County - A Must See!
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