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Old 05-26-2011, 01:42 PM
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Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
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Default *RE: Cincinnati Panorama of 1848*

Hi, Jim & steamboating colleagues:
Thanks for your interest in the 1848 Panorma by Porter and Fontayne dedicated with a ribbon cutting this last Saturday with an audience of nearly 300 at the main Cincinnati Public Library and the Joesph S. Stern room. Much as already been posted on this web in the past. Bill Judd, Darlene Judd and I were invited to represent S&D and the J. Mack Gamble Fund who in part contributed to the work by 'Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.' Other officers from S&D couldn't attend due to distance, time. Darlene Judd joined the VIPS from 'Eastman,' the library, Columbus, Ohio, Cincinnati City Council, other big contributors for the ribbon cutting. Clapping, cheers, huzzas all around.

The 50 minute dedication program with stage, 'Power Point' by the library and Eastman amazed us with the NASA Space Age technology in preservation, mounting, framing with a new system of light filters, argon gas constantly pumped in and around. The real honored guest now deceased were Louis Daguerre who pioneered the technique in 1839; Porter & Fontayne; Capt. Fred Way & Carl Vitz who studied the plates in the late 1940s producing a fine interpretation and J. Mack Gamble for providing the funds for grants by S&D. There are eight plates in all famed around the world as the first of any major U.S. city or views of steamboats. The new electron microsope amplification gives deatails even Porter & Fontayne, Way and Vitz couldn't see. The new 'touch & tell' digital screens allow you to click and read details of boats, the river, hills, buildings with amplification for close views. I again agree with Sam Shipyard that our favorite boat seen is the CAR OF COMMERCE. Close views show people never seen before along with candid, casual pictures of freed Blacks living in Cincinnati.

The plates were displayed at London, England's 'Crystal Palace' in 1851/'52 mounted by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's consort. Other recent news articles have appeared here and in England.

'Eastman Labs' are providing me with the detailed report on the work courtesy of Ralph Wiegant who worked on the project. An 'old story' revisited with a new twist. The Literary Club has the full earlier report by Fred Way and Carl Vitz along with photo reproductions locked in my steel vault at the Club. Capt. Tom Greene attended Club for the reading of Way's and Vitz's findings in the late 1940s. Fred Way would have been astounded today. Well, what do I know?

R. Dale Flick
Coal Haven Landing, Cincinnati, Ohio
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