GETTYSBURG, Pa.--If you're a Civil War buff, or even an amateur historian, you no doubt know the history of the battle for Gettysburg. One of the most famous battles of the Civil War, it was also one of the bloodiest. Over three days of intense fighting, Federal troops led by Major General George Gordon Meade fought off Robert E. Lee's Confederate troops, and the battles in and around Gettysburg are often thought to be a turning point in the war.
I often find it's so instructive and interesting to look at entertainment technologies of the past to see how far we've come and also to look for clues in what happened as one type of tech was transformed by another.
Polaroid "instant" cameras were once the rage, until digital. There were black and white movies and silent pictures. There were tintypes, color film, the Brownie camera, and flashbulbs. We had record players with 78rpm and 45rpm records.
Here's one you may not know about but was so fascinating as a form of entertainment: the cyclorama. … Read more