The Mass Production of Memory
Travel and Personal Archiving in the Age of the Kodak
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
In this groundbreaking history, Tammy S. Gordon tells the story of the camera's emerging centrality in leisure travel across the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and its role in "the mass production of memory," a process in which users crafted a visual archive attesting to their experiences, values, and circumstances, setting the stage for the customizable visual culture of the digital age.
"Gordon leads the reader on a fascinating journey into an often overlooked aspect of American life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, illuminating how the personal camera cemented together certain aspects of individual and community identity . . . For those studying American material culture, this work will be of considerable value."—CHOICE
"With a smooth, easy narrative style, Gordon weaves together fresh interpretive readings and solid archival work to create a stimulating study certain to attract an audience far broader than the usual circle of specialists, while still contributing substantially to the fields of public history and memory studies."—Michael Frisch, author of A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History
"Gordon draws on an extensive archive, both visual and textual, and effectively teases out the implications of the materials. An important contribution to studies of visual culture, tourism, and photography in the United States, and to American studies more broadly."—Alison Landsberg, author of Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture