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Wilmington, Delaware postcards

circa 1905-1940
 Collection
Accession: 1998-267

Abstract

Wilmington is Delaware’s largest city and can be found where the Christina River and the Brandywine Creek meet near the Delaware River. The city prospered throughout the Industrial Revolution, but the period of rapid economic growth came with the Civil War. By 1920, the population had reached over 110,000 residents. Wilmington experienced significant population loss after World War II as the suburban areas grew and I-95 dissected some of the city’s more stable neighborhoods. These items are postcards are of miscellaneous views of Wilmington, Delaware sites.

Dates

  • circa 1905-1940

Extent

4 item(s)

General Physical Description

4 photomechanical prints : postcards ; 3.5 x 5.5 in.

Historical Note

Wilmington is Delaware’s largest city and can be found where the Christina River and the Brandywine Creek meet near the Delaware River. The city was colonized by the Swedish, Dutch and British in the seventeenth century. Granted a borough charter in 1739, the city was named Wilmington after Spencer Compton (1673-1743), Earl of Wilmington. The city prospered throughout the Industrial Revolution, but the period of rapid economic growth came with the Civil War. Wilmington’s industries produced ships, railroad cars, gunpowder, shoes, tents, uniforms, blankets, and other goods for the war. By 1920, the population had reached over 110,000 residents. Wilmington experienced significant population loss after World War II as the suburban areas grew and I-95 dissected some of the city’s more stable neighborhoods. The Financial Center Development Act of 1981 created a favorable environment for banks and many of them have relocated or opened operations in Wilmington. Legislation was passed in 1986 that focused on attracting international finance and insurance companies to the city. These acts have helped the city to rebound.

Scope and Content

These items are postcards of miscellaneous views of Wilmington, Delaware sites. They include Brandywine Park walk above wire bridge (1911), street market on King Street, Delaware Historical Society Building, and the interior of Old Swedes' Church.

Location

GL Box 2.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Wilmington, Delaware postcards
Status:
Date:
2015
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