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A Myriopticon Historical Panorama of Rebellion

Creator:
Milton Bradley & Co.
Location:
Massachusetts, Hampden County, Springfield
Origin Date:
1865-1875
Materials:
paper, wood
Measurements:
overall: 6 in x 8 1/8 in x 2 in
Item ID:
71.2009.082.0002a-w
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Three-dimensional Objects

Description

a) Myriopticon features a navy-blue cardboard theater box with an opening cut into the face; the opening is surrounded by a hand-colored lithographed image of curtains, bunting, musicians, and actors. A hand-colored lithographed panorama scroll is secured inside the box. The 22 panorama illustrations depict scenes from the American Civil War, commencing with Major Anderson's attack of Fort Sumter in 1860. b-c) Two wooden pegs that fit into the top of the box serve as hand cranks to advance the panorama scroll inside. The original box lid is missing. d-t) Seventeen white (and brown) paper admission tickets read: "Reserved Seat. Admit the Bearer to the Myriopticon. No. ___. Proprietor _______." "C. Harris" is listed as the proprietor on two of these tickets in pencil. u) One white ticket printed with "1.75" in black type. v) White calling card printed with "Mary A. Hawley" in black type. w) Brown ticket printed with "5" in dark purple ink. Part of The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum