Vulcan Iron Works negatives

About this collection

    The Vulcan Iron Works was founded in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1849 to produce specialty iron products for the local coal industry. This grew to machinery, as well, mostly for use in coal mining operations. The collapse of the anthracite industry in the 1930s destroyed a large part of the company's market, though production continued into the mid-1950s.
    In 1888, Vulcan acquired the Wyoming Valley Manufacturing Company, makers of locomotives. This soon became a major part of Vulcan's activities. As heavy trucks gradually replaced locomotives, however, Vulcan’s locomotive production also declined, finally ending in May 1949.
    Most of the 11,400 items in the Vulcan Iron Works negatives (Accession 1971.210) collection consist of original glass and film negatives dating from about the 1880s to 1943, mostly images of locomotives and mining or manufacturing equipment. Selections from these negatives make up the entirety of this digital collection.
    Image: Drums on car, Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad, March 12, 1904. Click here to view this item in the collection.

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