Title

Framing the Empty: Technology as Progress in Photography and Art

Document Type

Contribution to Books

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

On May 10, 1869, when Union Pacific met Central Pacific at Promontory in Utah Territory, the driving of a golden spike became America's first live coast-to-coast multimedia extravaganza. Western Union broadcast the final thud of the ceremonial hammer via a wire attached to the spike. Cannons simultaneously boomed in Boston and San Francisco. Fire engines with screeching whistles circled Philadelphia's statehouse for the ringing of the Liberty Bell.