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Views of Fairmount Park Philadelphia 1866
Album of photographs of aerial and landscape views taken in the park during the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, which celebrated the centennial of the United States through an international exhibition of industry, agriculture, and art. Photographs predominately depict views from observation towers at George's Hill and Lemon Hill. Images show the Centennial Exhibition grounds, including the buildings, monuments, ponds, 24th Ward Reservoir, and Centennial Station and tracks of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad; Fairmount Water Works; Girard College and surrounding neighborhood, including Brewerytown; the breweries of H. J. Walter (North Thirty-third and Thompson streets), Bergner & Engel (3200 block Thompson Street), F. A. Poth (North Thirty-first and Jefferson streets) and Bergdoll & Psotta (Twenty-ninth and Parish streets, built 1875); boat houses and landings near the waterworks; bridges, including the Wire Suspension Bridge at Fairmount, Girard Avenue Bridge, and New York Connecting Railroad Bridge; and cityscape. Also contains views of Wissahickon Creek and Fairmount Park, including Belmont Pumping Station, fountains, landscaped gardens, and the observation tower at George's Hill; the Lincoln and Humboldt monuments; signage on the Centennial pavilions; and park visitors., Title from black morocco binding, stamped front cover. Stamped with incorrect date., Spine stamped: Views. Fairmount Park 1866., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Select images reproduced in Kenneth Finkel's Nineteenth-century photography in Philadelphia (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1980).