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San Francisco Panorama from San Francisco Album
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Attributed to Carleton E. Watkins, photographer; George Fardon, printer
American, 1855 - 1856
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2007.53

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In his 1856 San Francisco Album, publisher George R. Fardon included six photographs that form an incomplete panorama of the city. Fardon positioned the plates randomly in his book rather than in topographical order. A missing plate completes the view. The seven-part version was printed before Fardon compiled his album, perhaps before the glass negative for the absent plate was broken or lost. This suggests that Fardon did not create the negatives himself, but acquired them later, apparently not knowing they formed a panorama.