William H. Seal Photograph Collection

About this collection

Collection features over 300 photographs taken by the Seal family 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. For a detailed description of the collection, click here to view the catalog record.

    Image: Howard Ellsworth Seal, Sr. planting corn with granddaughter. Click to view

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Pavilion at New York World's Fair
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Chrysler Building at 1939 New York World's Fair
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Architectural detail at New York World's Fair
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Towers near Communication Building at 1939 New York World's Fair
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Marine transportation building at 1939 New York World's Fair
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Corn field at Rocky Hill Farm
Husking corn, some shocks still standing., Located east of Brandywine Creek and right of U.S. Route 100. Joseph (Joe) Chandler Luke purchased the farm and house in the early 1920s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Flood on Brandywine Creek south of Chadds Ford, Pa.
Corn shocks in a snow-covered field are in the foreground., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Corn field and tenant house on Rocky Hill Farm
John Andress lived in the tenant house. Located east of Brandywine Creek and right of U.S. Route 100. Joseph (Joe) Chandler Luke purchased the farm and house in the early 1920s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Robert (Bob) Hempton shucking corn on Rocky Hill Farm
Hempton was a handyman and gardener at Rocky Hill Farm, which was owned by Joseph Chandler (Joe) Luke. He was born in County Tyrone, Ireland and immigrated to Canada and, finally, to the United States in 1923., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sheep on Rocky Hill Farm
Located east of Brandywine Creek and right of U.S. Route 100, approaching area of Mother Archie's Church. Joseph (Joe) Chandler Luke purchased the farm in the early 1920s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Hereford cattle behind fence on Rocky Hill Farm
Located east of Brandywine Creek and right of U.S. Route 100, approaching area of Mother Archie's Church. Joseph (Joe) Chandler Luke purchased the farm in the early 1920s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
John Andress next to Model A Ford (Chadds Ford, Pa.)
John Andress was the husband of Elizabeth Hoopes, and they had five children. Andress moved to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in 1909 and worked for a time at Locust Knoll Farm, owned by the Seal family. Later in life he worked as a guard at the Delaware County Prison Farm., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Seal family standing next to William Howard Seal's 1936 Oldsmobile (near Dingmans Ferry, Pa.)
Photograph taken in the mountains near Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania. From left to right: William Howard Seal ; William Howard Seal, Jr. ; Howard Ellsworth Seal, Sr. ; Bill Becker (boy in foreground) ; Estelle Gibson Seal (behind Becker); Blanche E. McDaniel Seal (plaid coat); Janice Seal (young girl); and Norman Becker., William Howard Seal's first car., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
William Howard Seal's 1936 Oldsmobile and other vehicles (near Dingmans Ferry, Pa.)
Howard Ellsworth Seal, Sr. is at far right, behind fender; the woman in the plaid coat is Blanche E. McDaniel Seal, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group of vehicles outside of Birmingham Meetinghouse Cemetery (Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery)
Cemetery contains Seal family burial plots., Birmingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Chicken hatchery on Locust Knoll Farm
Locust Knoll Farm was owned by William Heyburn Seal. Upon his death in 1910, the house and 115-acre property passed to his son, Howard Ellsworth Seal, Sr., who sold the house in 1929 when he retired from farming., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Chickens in field at Howard J. Woodward's farm (Mendenhall, Pa.)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Man standing in chicken yard with several chickens and a flock of turkeys
The location is likely Locust Knoll Farm, which was owned by William Heyburn Seal. Upon his death in 1910, the house and 115-acre property passed to his son, Howard Ellsworth Seal, Sr., who sold the house in 1929 when he retired from farming., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Mary Emma Seal feeding turkeys and chickens at Locust Knoll Farm
Howard Ellsworth Seal, Sr. (1859-1940), the brother of Mary Emma Seal (1865-1941), owned Locust Knoll Farm until selling it in 1929. The mansard house pictured was built in 1872 on the site of former stone house. The carpenter was Darwin Underwood., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Turkeys in front of the west porch at Locust Knoll Farm
Locust Knoll Farm was owned by William Heyburn Seal. Upon his death in 1910, the house and 115-acre property passed to his son, Howard Ellsworth Seal, Sr., who sold the house in 1929 when he retired from farming., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ewes and lambs in pen on Locust Knoll Farm
Locust Knoll Farm was owned by William Heyburn Seal. Upon his death in 1910, the house and 115-acre property passed to his son, Howard Ellsworth Seal, Sr., who sold the house in 1929 when he retired from farming., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Pear tree off Kennett Pike near Greenville, Delaware
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Pear tree off Kennett Pike near Greenville, Delaware
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Christmas tree in Rocky Hill home of Joseph Chandler (Joe) Luke (Chadds Ford, Pa.)
Located east of Brandywine Creek and right of U.S. Route 100. Joseph (Joe) Chandler Luke purchased the farm and house in the early 1920s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807
Pocopson Valley Boys band
The identified members of the group are Christian Sanderson (violin), Jack Oakes (drums), and Lane Oakes (trumpet)., Sanderson formed the group in 1932, and they played for broadcast over WDEL in Wilmington in the barn dance portion of Sanderson's weekly radio program, 'Old Folks at Home,' which ran from 1930 to 1940., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Edward H. Seal photographic reproductions (Accession 1971.336), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Wilmington, DE 19807

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