NEWSREEL Old Style
Imagine a man who declared that he had painted a picture three miles long and a rival artist who announced a few months later that his painting was four miles in length! They were liars, of course, but what magnificent lies! Try, if you will, to conceive a third man saying that his new picture of the same region was to be three times as long as that of the first producer, a fourth informing the public that he would paint a picture on one hundred thousand square feet of canvas, and a fifth intending to use twelve thousand square yards. These lies were no less than colossal and supercolossal. Clearly the men were doubly artists: they were both painters and press agents. Such claims may now seem fabulous; but this was in the 1840's, and of all the astounding things in that age of enterprise the most incredible were the monster panoramic paintings of the Mississippi River which were unrolled night after night before an eager public.
Although the Mississippi pictures excelled everything that preceded them, the panorama was already old theatrical fare, for it had been invented half a century before. Report