Zoomable 1848 Panorama of Cincinnati

1848 Panorama of Cincinnati by Fontayne and Porter

In 1848, Charles Fontayne and William Porter captured the rapidly growing city of Cincinnati in what has become of the most famous photographs ever taken — an 8-plate daguerreotype panoramic view spanning about 2 miles of Cincinnati riverfront. Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we are well-acquainted with the image, as we sell framed and unframed prints singly and in complete sets. But, Wired Magazine offers a zoomable view of this panorama that remains crisp even at 30X magnification!


In the screen capture above, you can see the small blue box on the left, and its zoomed-in contents on the right. It’s absolutely incredible to be able to read the old commercial signs on the buildings which seem miniscule in the panorama.

We found this gem of an image on the Cincinnati Mercantile Library blog. To play around with the zoomable image, check out Wired‘s 1848 Daguerreotypes Bring Middle America’s Past to Life.

Cincinnati-based Fabulous Frames & Art is a family-owned custom frame shop and print gallery, which offers a varied selection of Cincinnati artwork. We are the world’s largest dealer in the work of Charley Harper, and also carry the work of his wife Edie Harper, their son Brett Harper, and other artists including John Ruthven, G. Harvey, John Stobart, Mort Kunstler, Michael Blaser, and Charles Frace, among many others.

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