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Edward J.S. Seal photographic reproductions

1920-1950
 Collection
Accession: 1971-336

Abstract

Edward James Shimer Seal (1896-1955) was a farmer and photographer in Chester County, Pennsylvania. This collection contains over 300 photograph prints taken primarily by Seal of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, during the first half of the twentieth century. Many of these images offer a glimpse into family and town life in Chadds Ford and Wilmington, Delaware, during the 1920s and 1930s, featuring Seal family members, friends, neighbors, and employees. Other subjects include the 1939 World's Fair in New York, the artists N.C. and Andrew Wyeth, and local bridges and roads.

Dates

  • 1920-1950

Creator

Extent

1 Linear Foot

Physical Description

333 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.

Biographical Note

Edward James Shimer Seal (1896-1955) was a farmer and photographer in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The son of Howard Ellsworth Seal (1859-1940) and Annie Lincoln Shimer Seal (1864-1920), he grew up on Locust Knoll Farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Seal was a brother to Alice M. Seal (1888-1888), Eva May Seal Welch (1891-1944), William Howard Seal (1894-1976), Emma Deborah Seal (1889-1906), and Howard Ellsworth Seal, Jr. (1908-1983). Later in his life, Seal owned Wilmington Camera Shop at 412 Delaware Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. He never married.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographic prints made from original negatives taken primarily by Edward J. S. Seal (1896-1955) of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, during the first half of the twentieth century. These photographs provide a glimpse into family and farm life in Chadds Ford during the 1920s through the 1940s. The majority of the pictures are views of and around Chadds Ford and Wilmington, Delaware. Many of the views are of the Seal's farm, Locust Knoll Farm, including the farmhouse, farm activities, animals, and equipment. Pictures also show numerous family members, friends, neighbors, and employees. The artists, N.C. and Andrew Wyeth, appear in four photographs. Activities pictured include family gatherings and holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, Sunday School picnics, and fox hunting parties. Many vehicles are pictured, including automobiles, motorcycles, Conestoga wagons, haywagons, and other farm equipment. There are also photographs of local buildings and sites such as shops, mills, houses, barns, gas stations, railroad stations, farms, post offices, greenhouses, churches, and cemeteries. Photographs also show local bridges and roads, including the bridge on Route 1 under construction, the widening of Kennett Pike, and views along Smith Bridge Road. Other photographs include Washington's Headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and a few photographs taken at the New York World's Fair (1939) show exhibition buildings.

The original arrangement of the collection was maintained during processing.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals remain in a private collection.

Existence and Location of Copies

View this collection online in the Hagley Digital Archives.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Provenance

This collection consists of photographic prints made from original negatives taken primarily by Edward J. S. Seal (1896-1955) and loaned to the Hagley Museum and Library in 1971.

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Edward J.S. Seal photographic reproductions
Status:
Author:
Ona Coughlan
Date:
2020
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400