Lancaster, Ohio was once held up as a shining example of what a small American city should be. Even in the 60s and 70s it kept going when other cities saw their industries shutter. But then the Reagan years began and private-equity financiers got involved. Soon Anchor Hocking, the local glass company that had mostly escaped the forces that created the Rust Belt, was awash in debt as those financiers used it to give themselves enormous paybacks. Today Anchor Hocking is a ghost of its former self, Lancaster is full of poverty and drug use and those who profited from all of it are very far away.
Despite all this, almost two-thirds of Lancaster voted for you-know-who in the election.
Back in 1848 Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter set up their camera on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River to make eight separate daguerreotype plates into a panorama of the nation’s sixth largest city, Cincinnati. It’s become known simply as The Cincinnati Panorama of 1848.
The daguerreotype process produces amazing images with more details than could be easily seen by the naked eye. When the Cincinnati Public Library and Hamilton County sent the originals to George Eastman House for restoration not only did they restore the daguerreotypes, they took digital images of the panorama using microscopes that allow us to view the details that were essentially hidden in the original images. You can click on the image and zoom into see what the original photographers could only imagine.