James Zellner glass plate negatives

About this collection

    This collection consists of glass plate negatives showing scenes from Carbon County, Pennsylvania during the second half of the 19th century. The photographs are believed to have been taken by James Zellner (1836-1897), a local photographer, during the 1870s and 1880s. The majority of the images show scenes from Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) and the surrounding area, the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway, and the waterfalls at Glen Onoko.
    Mauch Chunk was founded in 1818 to serve as a railroad and coal-shipping center to move coal mined by the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company to markets along the east coast. Much of the coal that reached Mauch Chunk was transported via the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway, which is also well-represented in this collection. The photographs in this collection document the railway’s use as a tourist attraction and passenger railroad, a secondary use that began in 1861 and became the railway’s primary function after the construction of an 1872 railway tunnel rerouted coal lines. Click here to view a finding aid.
Image: Glen Onoko, Packer's Point, circa 1880. Click here to view this image in the collection.

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