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Jeffrey Cohen

Picturing the City of Commerce: American Street Panoramas of the 19th Century

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, a professor at Bryn Mawr College, received a Fitch Mid-Career Research grant in 2002. The project focused on the street panorama, a dispersed and often rare species of image depicting key commercial parts of the 19th-century American downtown. These images recorded the city of commerce during a moment of dramatic transformation, at the dawn of the modern consumer economy that would redefine the city. The goal was to locate these views, interpret them, and make them more widely accessible through publication.