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firstvarty197917 May 2012 12:13 p.m. PST

Alot of Americans know of the Gettysburg Cyclorama, but few are aware that it was only one of many that were a fairly common form of entertainment back in the late 1800s. And surprisingly, there are quite a few of them remaining.



I've personally only seen two, the one at Gettysburg and the one in Lucerne, Switzerland commemorating the retreat of a French Army into neutral Switzerland during the Franco-Prussian War.

GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2012 1:12 p.m. PST

There is also a pretty cool one in Atlanta depicting the battle of Atlanta. It was 1970 when I went there as a kid, wonder if it's still there.

Captain DEwell Inactive Member17 May 2012 1:20 p.m. PST

I'd love to see the battle of Bunker Hill one. Has anyone ever produced a colour copy of it in a book or poster?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2012 1:31 p.m. PST

The Atlanta one is still there. I saw it in 1973 on my way from parachute training at Fort Benning, GA to armor training at Fort Knox, KY.

And this might help for the new Bunker Hill cyclorama at their new interpretive center.



Dan Beattie Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2012 2:00 p.m. PST

The battle of Borodino cyclorama in Moscow is amazing, as is the cyclorama of Waterloo . There is one of the attack on the Malekoff Redoubt at Sevastopol in that city.

I have seen fragments of these ones from the American Civil War: 2nd Manassas, Shiloh, and Missionary Ridge.

Sundance Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2012 6:12 p.m. PST

Seen the Gettysburg one, heard of the Waterloo one, never heard of the others.

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2012 9:57 p.m. PST

I seen a B&W version of the bunker hill one in a book many many years ago. Thanks for posting the link that shows parts of the color one!!

corporalpat Inactive Member18 May 2012 9:38 a.m. PST

I have seen Gettysburg, Atlanta, and Waterloo. All three were well done, but I think Waterloo was my favorite.

jgibbons Inactive Member18 May 2012 4:43 p.m. PST

There is an program called "an evening with the painting" offered at gettysburg which goes into some detail about the cyclorama craze….

Including a thriving business in cheap knockoffs (of multi hundred foot long paintings)…

Also if you haven't seen the gettysburg cyclorama since it was fully restored and placed in the new visitor center you would not believe how good it looks now….


MadDrMark Inactive Member19 May 2012 4:56 a.m. PST

It just dawned on me that the 360 degree cinemas found in Disney theme parks are a direct descendant of the 19th century cycloramas. Most seem to have closed in the past ten years.


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