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Bird's-eye views.

Amon Carter Museum has launched a ground-breaking Web site dedicated to the study and appreciation of Texas "bird's-eye views." These very detailed late-19th- and early-20th-century aerial views of Texan cities appear as something between a panoramic view and a map--as though they were drawn from a hot-air balloon. Most often they were drawn using two-point perspective to produce a three-dimensional rendering. Motivated by a strong public demand for city portraits, a small group of about 50 artists crisscrossed the country following the Civil War to make bird's-eye views of American cities. The views satisfied a need not only to understand but also to encourage the massive urban growth that took place in this country during the last quarter of the 19th century. To learn more, visit or
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Publication:Arts & Activities
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Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:Feb 1, 2006
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