Fairmount Park glass plate negatives

About this collection

    This collection was purchased in 1971 as part of a lot that included a number of other small collections. The photographer is unknown. The 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.
    Most of the photographs appear to have been taken in Wissahickon Valley Park, historically part of the Fairmount Park system, prior to a 2010 merger of the city’s Fairmount Park Commission and the Department of Recreation. This 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.
    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. Click here to view a finding aid.
    Image: Falls Bridge and Reading Railroad Schuylkill River Viaduct, Fairmount Park. Click here to view this image in the collection.

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