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Lehigh Valley Railroad glass plate negatives

Accession 1971.598

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
askhagley@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Skylar Harris, 2019.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2019-08-14T13:46-0400

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Lehigh Valley Railroad glass plate negatives (Accession 1971.598), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Lehigh Valley Railroad glass plate negatives
Dates: circa 1934 to 1948
Accession Number: 1971.598
Creator: Unknown.
Extent: 23 images
Physical Description: 15 glass negatives : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in., 1 box : 4.75 x 7 x 1 in., 7 glass negatives : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: This collection consists of twenty-two glass negatives and one box. Most photographs depict the rolling stock of Lehigh Valley Railroad dating to approximately some point between 1934 and 1948, based on engine numbers.
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Administrative Information


Existence and Location of Copies

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Access to Collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 24 hours advance notice.

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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, as well as the images themselves, associate fifteen of the twenty-two images with the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The Lehigh Valley Railroad was first incorporated as the Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill and Susquehanna Railroad on April 21, 1846, and its primary function was to transport anthracite coal from Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe), Pennsylvania to Easton, Pennsylvania. Following decades of growth and geographic expansion, during which the railroad also began transporting additional forms of cargo as well as human passengers, the railroad was name was changed to the Lehigh Valley Railroad on January 7, 1853.

While the photographs in this collection are undated, engine numbers visible in the images suggest that these glass negatives were created no earlier than 1934 and no later than 1948, assuming that they were taken roughly contemporaneously. These were the early years of a period of slow decline for the railroad industry, which had suffered during the Great Depression and was by then facing competition from alternate means of transport, such as automobiles and airplanes. Following a bankruptcy in 1970, the Lehigh Valley Railroad was merged in to the federal government's Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) on April 1, 1976.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of fifteen glass negatives depicting locomotives and passenger cars belonging to the Lehigh Valley Railroad, as well as the original box that once held all or most of these fifteen plates. While these photographs are undated, engine numbers visible in the images suggest that these glass negatives were created no earlier than 1934 and no later than 1948, assuming that they were taken roughly contemporaneously. There are an additional seven glass negatives, larger than the first fifteen, depicting a small variety of undated, unidentified scenes. The relationship of these items to the negatives depicting the rolling stock of the Lehigh Valley Railroad is unclear, as is their relationship to one another. These seven glass negatives depict a naval sailing vessel that is probably the USS Constitution, the shipwrecked SS Morro Castle, a group photograph in front a church, and two views of an outdoor natural recreation area. The image of the SS Morro Castle likely dates to 1934, and the remaining six may as well.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box Folder
1 1 Lehigh Valley Railroad business car #353, circa 1941 [a group of unidentified men in from of Lehigh Valley Railroad Business Car #353, which was delivered to the Lehigh Valley Railroad on September 6, 1916 by the Pullman Company, Chicago, Illinois at a cost of $33,000.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 2 Lehigh Valley Railroad business car #353, circa 1941 [a group of unidentified men in from of Lehigh Valley Railroad Business Car #353, which was delivered to the Lehigh Valley Railroad on September 6, 1916 by the Pullman Company, Chicago, Illinois at a cost of $33,000.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 3 Locomotive at station, circa 1941 [possibly Pittston, Pennsylvania.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 4 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive #1156, circa 1941; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 5 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive #5005, circa 1941 [Lehibuilt by the American Locomotive Company in 1925 and retired in 1948.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 6 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive #288, circa 1941; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 7 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive #786, circa 1941; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 8 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive #4028, circa 1941 [built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1917 and scrapped in 1951.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 9 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive in transit, circa 1941; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 10 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive in transit, circa 1941 [railroad cars and a partially identified locomotive at an unidentified location.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 11 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive #5128, circa 1941 [built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1934 and scrapped in 1951.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 12 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive #5128, circa 1941 [scrapped in 1951.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 13 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive #5125, circa 1941 [built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1934 and scrapped in 1951.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 14 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive #706, circa 1941 [built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1899 and scrapped in 1951.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
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1 15 Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive in transit, circa 1941; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 4.25 x 6.5 in.
Box
1 Defender Photo Supply Company glass negatives box, circa 1941 [Original housing associated with the Lehigh Valley Railroad negatives in this collection. Eastman Kodak Company plates manufactured for the Defender Photo Supply Company of Rochester, New York. Emulsion number 7304.] ; 1 box : 4.75 x 7 x 1 in.
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1 16 Unidentifed locomotive #45, circa 1934; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
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1 17 Unidentifed locomotive #301, circa 1934; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
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1 18 USS Constitution, circa 1934 [an undentified naval sailing ship, likely the USS Constitution.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
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1 19 SS Morro Castle, circa 1934 [Likely photographed shortly after catching fire on September 8, 1934, while the ship was still beached off Asbury Park, New Jersey.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
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1 20 Group photograph, Central Baptist Church, circa 1934 [an unidentified group. The geographic location is unidentified, but the sign behind the group reads 'Central Baptist Church'.] ; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
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1 21 Scenic landscape, circa 1934; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
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1 22 Scenic landscape, circa 1934; 1 glass negative : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.