ALBUM PAGE SHOWING A VERSION OF THE CYCLORAMA ON EXHIBIT IN 1926

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Item Code: 1054-492

With the change of Gettysburg museum buildings on the field and the transfer of the cyclorama, new interest has been generated in the painting and its many versions. The history of the painting is almost as complicated as the battle. Paul Philippoteaux painted the original for a consortium of Chicago businessmen. It opened in 1883, offering an “in-the-round” experience of the battle, supplemented by three dimensional figures and artifacts in the foreground. It was so successful that the artist himself supervised the creation of several copies to be exhibited elsewhere, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia, paintings that were also moved and exhibited in other cities. It is the Boston version that was placed on view at the battlefield. In 1926 the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial exhibited a version housed in a hall located on “the Gladway,” one of the fair’s avenues. This period photo, dated 7/25/26 at lower right, is a view looking up “the Gladway” that shows a crowd assembled at the castle-like entrance of the exhibition hall with a large sign over the entrance reading, “The Battle of Gettysburg,” and more large advertising at left advertising the thrills, rush and roar of battle (it may have been there was an audio element to complete the experience.) Whoever kept the souvenir noted below the photo in ink, “’Battle of Gettysburg’ and “Fire and Flame’ on the Gladway,” and pasted below it a small promotional card or handbill with a battle scene and the question, “’Have you seen the ‘Battle of Gettysburg’?...” Photograph measures 10" x 8"; frame measures 19 1/4" x 22 1/4". This is an interesting piece from the history of the battle and its preservation and interpretation in modern memory.  [sr]

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