Parlor Ponds is a unique look at over 120 years of a niche cultural history. The aquarium, argues author Judith Hamera, was a kind of manageable ecosystem to contrast societal growing pains of an age of mind-boggling technological advancements, from urbanization to globalization. Taking from a wide body of cultural realia including advertisements, memoirs, and enthusiast publications Hamera showcases the aquarium’s place in the progressive American thought process.
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