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Eleutherian Mills and Longwood Gardens aerial views

Creation: circa 1930s
Accession: 1968-017


Between 1802 and 1921, Eleutherian Mills was a gunpowder mill site used for the manufacture of explosives by the du Pont family business, which was founded by Éleuthère Irénée "E.I." du Pont (1771–1834). Longwood Gardens is a series of formal display gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, that was developed by Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), a descendent of E.I. du Pont. These are aerial views of the residence at Eleutherian Mills and Longwood Gardens taken by Dallin Aerial Surveys Company.


  • Creation: circa 1930s



13 item(s)

General Physical Description

6 negatives : film ; 8 x 10 in.; 7 negatives : glass ; 8 x 10 in. and 3 photographic prints ; 8 x 10 in. Six glass negatives accidentally broken after printing.

Biographical Note

Colonel J. Victor Dallin (1897-1991), a Royal Flying Corps-trained pilot who served in World War One, started Dallin Aerial Surveys as a single proprietorship in 1924. The firm was in business through February 1941 when he was called to military service as part of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Colonel Dallin became the first manager of the Philadelphia Airport in 1940, and was chief of the city's Bureau of Aeronautics from 1946 to 1953.

Scope and Content

Three aerial photographs of Eleutherian Mills (residence) near Wilmington, Delaware, and ten aerial photographs of Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, in the 1930s. Taken by the Dallin Aerial Survey Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Victor Dallin, owner.

Existence and Location of Copies

Modern prints made from original negatives available.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Additional Description

Processing Notes

Eleutherian Mills views are Dallin negatives numbered 7698, 7699, and 7705. Longwood Gardens negatives are not numbered.

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Eleutherian Mills and Longwood Gardens aerial views
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Repository Details

Repository Details

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Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA