Thanks to Saint Louis Art Museum friend Joyce Wilson for finding this great panorama reference in a children’s book originally published in 1868 (not too long after The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi was painted):
“O, Dotty,” said Susy, presently, “tell me what you saw Out West. I want to hear all about it.”
“Well, I saw a pandrammer,” replied Dotty, briefly.
“What in the world is that?” said Johnny.
“It is a long picture, and they keep pulling it out like India rubber.”
“She means a panorama” cried Johnny. “Why, I went to one last night. We can see as much as you can, without going Out West, either.”
- Exerpt from Dottie Dimple at Play