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Photograph album of Philadelphia and vicinity
Photograph album compiled by Philadelphia photographer Robert Newell containing views by the photographer and his peers, including F. De. B. Richards. Images depict major city landmarks and views of Fairmount Park, including benevolent, educational and financial institutions, historic sites, residences, churches and meetinghouses, bridges, and hotels and taverns. Sites documented include Broad Street (Civil War) Hospital; Foster Home (Twenty-Fourth and Poplar); Germantown Academy; the former bookstore and printing office of William Young (200-204 Chestnut); Landing Avenue during alterations (East bank of Schuylkill); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (old and new); Carpenters Hall; Independence Hall; Academy of Music; Merchants' Exchange; Girard, Farmers', Mechanics', Pennsylvania, and Fourth National banks; Bartram's, Keene, and Rittenhouse mansions; Woodford residence (Fairmount Park); Washington's residence (Germantown); Womrath property, "where the first 4th of July" was celebrated" (4216 Frankford); Oldest house in Lansdown" (West Fairmount Park); Old Farm house (Broad and Oxford); St. Judes Episcopal church; Fairmount Water Works, and boat houses and ice houses along the Schuylkill; Cedar Hill, Laurel Hill and Woodlands cemeteries; Columbia, Old Callowhill Street, Girard Avenue, and New York Connecting Railroad bridges; Continental, Valley Green, Maple Spring, Markley's and Cole's hotels; and "Punch Bowl" (2100 Broad), "Abbey" (Hunting Park and Wissahickon Aves), Old Buck? (Lancaster Pike) and Old Grey's Ferry taverns., Images also include neighboring and tenant businesses, including Charles Oakford & Sons, hats, Continental Hotel (29a), John C. Clark & Sons, stationers and printers, L. S. Boyer & Co., coal, and a "Shaving and Hair Cutting Emporium," on 228-232 South Third (29b), and a real estate office, 524 Arch (45b); street vendors (74b); and broadsides displayed on buildings and walls (49b & 79b). Several of the Fairmount views also show visitors, patrons to refreshment saloons, and park guards. Scrapbook also contains a small number of photographic reproductions of engravings, including one of Masonic Hall (700 block Chestnut) and images reproduced in R. Newell & Son's "Old Landmark" series (1876), including Old Swede's Church, Friends Almshouse, and Robert Morris Hotel., Title supplied by cataloger., Some of the contents identified by inscriptions on album pages. Inscriptions annotated and corrected in different hand., Texts from R. Newell & Son's "Old Landmark" series tipped in between album pages., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Images from album reproduced in The Print and Photograph Department of the Library Company of Philadelphia's Center City Philadelphia in the 19th century (Portsmouth, N.H.: Arcadia Publishing, 2006)., Album reformatted for conservation. Housed in two phase boxes, including binding and index., Robert Newell, the prominent Philadelphia commercial photographer operated a studio from circa 1855 to 1900. His firm, which originally specialized in portraiture, later focused on "Artistic Business and Landscape Photographs" and was reorganized as R. Newell & Son circa 1872. In 1876, the studio (Robert and Henry Newell) issued a series of six viewbooks under the title "Old Landmarks & Relics of Philadelphia." Newell also produced series of stereographs during the 1860s depicting commercial streets, the volunteer fire companies, and views of Fairmount Park and local cemeteries, as well as invented acid proof photographic ware in the 1870s.

Portrait photograph album of Mary McPhilomy
Photographs predominantly depict the acquaintances and relatives of the McPhilomy family of Philadelphia, including men, women, and children. Most are bust-length portraits, with a number of full-length portraits, including a couple in bathing wear, children in sailor suits, and women fashionably attired and holding fans and purses. Many of the women and girls wear jewelry. Also includes images of a priest, a nun, a display of religious floral decorations; a sepulchral monument; a religious allegorical scene; a reproduction of a framed testimonial with portrait photograph vignettes; and a photo-collage portrait showing a man driving a horse-drawn wagon., Sitters include Mary, John and Frank McPhilomy; Rev. Mother Louis Gonzaga of the Sisters of Notre Dame (Boston); members of the Logue family, including Charles Logue; David Mulcahy (died March 31, 1876); Al. Schaff; members of the Bradford family, including John Bradford; John Keenan; members of the Sacriste family, including Mr. and Mrs. Sacriste and Hortense Sacriste White., Chromolithographed title page: The Photographic Album. Philadelphia. J.B. Lippincott & Co., [ca. 1875]., Embossed leather binding with gold stamping., Spine embossed and stamped: Photographs., Inscribed: To Miss Mamie McPhilomy with compliments of the season, Dec 25 1875. D.P.M. E.S.C., Various photographers, including A. P. Beecher of Wilmington, De.; L. S. Griffin of Jersey City, N.J. and B. Frank Saylor & Co. of Lancaster, Pa. and Philadelphia photographers, including George W. Evans, Gilbert & Bacon, and O. B. De Morat., Several sitters identified by inscriptions on mount or album page. Some misidentified due to the relocation and removal of photographs., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Binding in poor condition. Album housed in phase box.

Saturday jaunts :
Volume composed of reprinted "Saturday Jaunts" columns (spring and summer 1891) and 25 photographs documenting the one-day excursions of the "Saturday Jaunters," employees of the Public Ledger in Philadelphia. Saturday Jaunters (identified with "monkish" pseudonyms) referenced in and authors of the columns include Bonifacius (William E. Meehan), Benedict (Addison B. Burk), Chrysostum (Joel Cook), Angelo (John J. Mckenna), Damon (Charles S. Spangler), Photius (Edmund Stirling), Friar Tuck (Edward Robinson), Constantius (Stephen J. Burke), Pius (Israel F. Sheppard), Sacristan (C. Johann), Fabian (Dr. William H. Burk), Medicus, Ananias (Collins W. Walton), Titian (John A. Johann), Cephas (Peter J. Heborn), and Brother Alban (Captain Robert C. Clipperton). Contains the columns: I. Marble Hall and Spring Mill. II. A Visit to the Coal Fields of Pottsville. III. A Trip along Cresheim Creek and the "Happy Valley." IV. A Roundabout Journey to Edge Hill. V. A Pilgrimage through the Gulf and to Belvoir. VI. A Pilgrimage through the Gulf and to Belvoir (Continued). VII. A Pleasant Pilgrimage into New Jersey. VIII. A. Walk Up the Wissahickon Valley. IX. A Trip to Reading and Its Grand Environs. X. The Soapstone Quarries and Rockdale. XI. Villanova and Its Vicinity. XII. Glimpses from a Car window of a Picturesque Country. XIII. A Trip to Mount Gretna and the Cornwall Ore Banks., Columns, signed by the author, reference the attending jaunters; describe their routes taken by foot, train (Reading Railroad), elevated rail, and coal cars; and provide stories, myths, and histories of the botany, geology, fauna, and architecture of the locales and sites visited. Specific sites and landmarks described in detail include Marble Hall marble pit; Spring Mill (Schuylkill Valley); Reading Coal and Iron Company; Livezey's meadow and Devil's Glenn (Wissahickon Valley); the "Great Valley," i.e., Chester, Plymouth, and Whitemarsh valleys; George Bullock's former land and mill (Gulf Creek); Plymouth Quaker Meeting House; Belvoir Estate on the summit of Sandy Hill; "Crystal" and Cold springs (Laurel Springs, Camden County, N.J.); Norristown Railroad Bridge; John Kelpius's log cabin and caves (Germantown); Rittenhouse Mill on Monoshone Creek; McKinney's Quarry (Wissahickon); Neversink Mountain; Bear Inn (Reading); Rockdale picnic grounds; Barren Hill; Augustinian College (i.e., Villanova University); monastery and church of the Augustinian Fathers at Villanova; Berks, Lebanon, Schuylkill, Columbia, Northumberland and Union counties; Port Carbon; and Cornwall Ore Bank Company. Columns also report about the railroad and industrial officials who provided tours and served as guides; "Photius"'s photographs; jaunter's scientific, philosophical, and literary discussions, including the plant life, flora, and fauna of the Wissahickon, the geology and landscapes of the Schuylkill and Lebanon valleys, and Potsdam sandstone; and jaunter's activities including fishing, collecting arrowheads, and playing baseball. Columns also report about the jaunters more colloquial conversations, including the three different Indian Rock hotels and Joseph “Rooty” Smith root museum on the Wissahickon and the Mt. Gretna Farmer's Encampment Association annual encampment (August 16-22, 1891)., Photographs taken by "Photius," (i.e., Edmund Stirling) a photographer by avocation, depict group portraits of the "jaunters" and their families during excursions; a summer home in Chestnut Hill; a Marble Hall pit; Pottsville coal mine; a tree in the Plymouth Meetinghouse yard; a Germantown cave where Johann Kelpius or his followers resided; cascades, creeks, and streams in "Happy Valley," Laurel Springs, and the Wissahickon; Mt. Gretna train station; and a portrait of "jaunter" Alban, i.e., Robert C. Clipperton, attired in walking gaiters, and a handkerchief under his hat during the Villanova jaunt., Tan leather binding stamped "Saturday Jaunts" on spine., Includes illustrated title page containing the figure of a plump monk, in his robes, and holding a pipe., Names of jaunters supplied from unillustrated edition in the collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Vd. 503)., Photographs annotated: H [number]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Edmund Stirling, born September 13, 1861 in Philadelphia, began his career in the newspaper trade as a reporter in his later teens. By the 1890s, he started his avocation of photography and worked as an editor at the Public Ledger. Stirling was also active in the Photo-Secession Movement and a member of several other clubs in addition to the "jaunters," including the Photographic Society of Philadelphia, the Pen and Pencil Club, and Manufacturer's Club. He was married to Anne J. Biddle, who also practiced photography. The couple had one son, Charles Biddle, who died in infancy.

[Specimens album loose prints collection]
[Specimens album loose prints collection]
Collection of loose prints from a specimen album probably compiled by a printer once associated with the Philadelphia lithographic firm Stein and Jones. Contains chromolithographic art supplements and advertising specimens; proof sheets; checks, bank notes billheads, and receipts; trade cards and labels; vignette specimens; proof sheets; and illustrations. Businesses and trades represented include banks, manufacturers, and the textile industry. Collection also includes a proof of a trade catalog for gas pipe fittings; job work, including an 1877 broadside for an "Assessor's Registry of Voters" of a Philadelphia ward; an advertising print for the Walnut Street House (Cincinnati, Oh.); and a sheet music cover containing a landscape view., Title supplied by cataloger., Various printers, including Simeon Boerum; Ehrgott, Fobriger & Co.; Geo. S. Harris & Sons; J. Ottmann; and Wm. F. Murphy Sons., Originally part of Specimens Album [P.9349]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012.