William H. Rau lantern slides

About this collection

    William Rau (1855-1920) was a Philadelphia-​based photographer, and a significant figure in the world of American photography in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was well known for his series of stereo cards of scenic views from around the world, as a sought-after portrait photographer for Philadelphia's elites, and as an official photographer for the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, and the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland.
    In 1895, the Lehigh Valley Railroad hired Rau as the company's official photographer to document scenic views along the railroad's route. To complete this mission, Rau traveled by rail from New York City to the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and upstate New York in a customized passenger car equipped with a darkroom and other essential equipment. Over two hundred images from this appointment would later be placed in Lehigh Valley Railroad terminals and public sites along the railroad’s reach.
    This collection consists of forty-six lantern slides. While many of the lantern slides in this collection are undated and only partially identified, most can be definitively identified as originating from this 1895 appointment. Click here to view a finding aid.
    For more information, see William Rau Photographs of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.
    Image: William H. Rau, Hemlock Forest, ca. 1895. Click here to view this item in the collection.

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Boy Standing on Rocks
Hand-colored lantern slide.
Burning Mines, Summit Hill
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 237 showing the site of the Summit Hill underground coal mine fire, which started burning on started burning February 15, 1859.
Bethlehem, Calypso Island on the Lehigh
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 528.
South Bethlehem, Lehigh University
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 531.
Nesquehoning Valley, From Packer's Point
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 562.
Bear [Creek] Lake
Lantern slide no. 570.
Cliff View, Summit of Alleghenies
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 632.
Owasco Lake Front, Casowasco
Lantern slide no. 660.
Raritan River at Neshanic
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 840.
Across New Jersey
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 853.
Musconetcong Curve near Bloomsbury
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 857.
Easton, the Valley from Paxinosa Inn on Weygat Mountain
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 867.
Mauch Chunk and Mt. Pisgah from Flagstaff Mountain
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 964.
Terrace Cascade at Glen Onoko
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 15545.
Chameleon Falls at Glen Onoko
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 15548.
Down the glen from Sunrise Point
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 15549.
Glen Onoko Falls at Glen Onoko
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 15550.
Cara Falls at Glen Onoko
Lantern slide no. 15552.
Panorama of Lehigh River at Mauch Chunk
Hand-colored lantern slide no. 24367.
Rau Art Studios, Inc. Lantern Slide Housing
Hand-colored lantern slide housing from Rau Art Studios.