Pictures for Everyone

May 3, 2011 – September 3, 2012

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, West Wing Floor Plan

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 (most are reproductions due to light restrictions) that explore how 19th-century audiences received and shared visual information that crossed many barriers, including those of race, class, and language. The display also features related items, including a sheet music printing plate, an illustrated newspaper, and a Kodak camera.