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Fairmount Park glass plate negatives

Accession 1971.597

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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Finding aid prepared by Skylar Harris, 2019.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2019-08-06T15:27-0400

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Fairmount Park glass plate negatives (Accession 1971.597), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Fairmount Park glass plate negatives
Dates: after 1908
Accession Number: 1971.597
Creator: Unknown.
Extent: 35 images
Physical Description: 36 glass plate negatives : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in. 1 box.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: This collection consists of thirty-five glass negatives and one box. It documents locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Fairmount Park system. While the photographer is unidentified, and the images are undated and unlabeled, most images appear to depict Wissahickon Valley Park, historically part of the Fairmount Park system.
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Administrative Information


Existence and Location of Copies

This collection has been digitized and can be viewed in Hagley's Digital Archives .

Access to Collection

Collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

This collection was purchased in 1971 as part of a lot that included a number of other small collections. The photographer is unknown, but a box included in the collection identifies the images as originating in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Fairmount Park system. This network of parks began being developed by the city in 1820 in an effort to establish a sustainable water supply for the city and to preserve its diminishing green spaces. Most of the photographs appear to have been taken in Wissahickon Valley Park, which, from 1867 to 2010 was also part of and managed by the Fairmount Park System. The Wissahickon Valley Park is located in Northwest Philadelphia, and includes Wissahickon Creek from its confluence with the Schuylkill River, and extends to the northwestern boundary of the city with eastern Montgomery County.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of thirty-five glass negatives and one original box. The negatives themselves include no identifying information, but a sticker on the box indicates that the images are of Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Many of the images include identifiable landmarks. While the photographs are undated, it is estimated that they were taken no earlier than 1908, based on the presence of what appears to be Walnut Lane Bridge, completed in October of that year, in one of the images.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box Folder
1 1 Valley Green Restaurant, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Valley Green Restaurant in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 2 Valley Green Restaurant, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Valley Green Restaurant in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 3 Valley Green Restaurant, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Valley Green Restaurant in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 4 Valley Green Restaurant, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Valley Green Restaurant in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 5 Winter Scene, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Snow-covered, unidentified area in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 6 Bridge and Seating, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [May be the Cresheim Creek Bridge, a wooden footbridge crossing the Devil's Pool area in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 7 Bridge and Seating in Winter, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [May be the Cresheim Creek Bridge, a wooden footbridge crossing the Devil's Pool area in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 8 Tedyuscung Statue, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Tedyuscung statue in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. The statue was a limestone replica of an older, wooden version, and was designed by John Massey Rhind and erected in 1902.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 9 Forbidden Drive, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Appears to be Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. If so, the Pro Bono Publico fountain is visible in the distance on the right hand side of the roadway. The fountain, erected in 1854, was the first public drinking fountain in the city.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 10 Forbidden Drive, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Appears to be Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. If so, the Pro Bono Publico fountain is visible in the distance on the right hand side of the roadway. The fountain, erected in 1854, was the first public drinking fountain in the city.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 11 Forbidden Drive, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Appears to be Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 12 Rock Formations, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Unidentified area in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 13 Kitchen's Lane Bridge, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Unidentified area in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. The structure in the background might be the original Kitchen's Lane Bridge over the Wissahickon Creek in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. Kitchen's Lane Bridge connected the neighborhoods of Germantown and Roxborough.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 14 Devil's Pool, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [May be the Devil's Pool area of Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. If so, the larger, single-arch stone bridge visible in the distance was one constructed in 1892 to support a sewer line from Chestnut Hill that needed to cross the Cresheim Valley and Cresheim Creek before emptying into the Wissahickon Creek. The wooden footbridge, visible below the larger bridge, would be the Cresheim Creek Bridge.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 15 Water View, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Unidentified waterway in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 16 Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Unidentified area in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 17 Water View, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Unidentified waterway in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 18 Deer, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Deer in the snow in an unidentified area of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 19 Laurel Hill Cemetery, seen from Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Appears to be Laurel Hill Cemetery, as seen from across the Schuykill River from Fairmount Park.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 20 Forbidden Drive, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Appears to be Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 21 Winter Scene, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Snow-covered, unidentified area in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 22 Cutting logs, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Men cutting logs from a tree in an unidentified section of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 23 Cutting logs, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Men cutting logs from a tree in an unidentified section of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 24 Winter Scene, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Snow-covered, unidentified section of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 25 Tedyuscung Statue, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Tedyuscung statue in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. The statue was a limestone replica of an older, wooden version, and was designed by John Massey Rhind and erected in 1902.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 26 Winter Scene, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Unidentified area of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. Possibly Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 27 Road, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Unidentified area of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. Possibly Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 28 Winter Scene, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Snow-covered, unidentified area in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 29 Winter Scene, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Unidentified waterway in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 30 Bridle Path, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Unidentified bridle path and structure in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 31 Blue Stone Bridge, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Appears to be Blue Stone Bridge in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. Blue Stone Bridge was built in 1896, replacing Old Red Bridge (also known as Lotus Inn Bridge). It passes over the Wissahickon Creek and once linked the neighborhoods of Norristown and Germantown. It also lay along a primary route bypassing around Philadelphia between New York and Baltimore.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 32 Walnut Lane Bridge, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Appears to be Walnut Lane Bridge in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. Walnut Lane Bridge crosses the Wissahickon Creek to connect the neighborhoods of Germantown and Roxborough, and was constructed between July 1906 and October 1908.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 33 Rex Avenue Bridge, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Appears to be Rex Avenue Bridge over Wissahickon Creek in Wissahickon Valley Park, one of the parks in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. Rex Avenue Bridge was erected in 1882.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
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1 34 Winter Scene, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [An automobile driving along a snow-covered, unidentified section of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box Folder
1 35 Falls Bridge and Reading Railroad Schuylkill River Viaduct, Fairmount Park, after 1908 [Unidentified waterway in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. This appears to be the Schuykill River, with the Falls Bridge, a steel Pratt truss bridge completed in 1895, in the background and the Reading Railroad's Schuylkill River Viaduct, a stone arch bridge completed in 1856, in the foreground.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in
Box
1 Eastman Kodak Company glass negatives box, after 1908 [Original housing associated with this collection. Eastman Double-Coated Ortho plates, emulsion number 8718.] ; 1 box : 4.75 x 7 x 1 in.