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- Photograph album belonging to Philadelphia amateur photographer John C. Browne. Contains landscape and architectural views of the Delaware Valley and Central Pennsylvania, informal portraits of family and friends, and canal boat excursions of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia, including over the Pennsylvania Canal to Harrisburg (1879) and Morris Canal (1880). Images depict "Bartram's house, Gray's Ferry"; Cobbs Creek, including the Old Powder House; Wissahickon; Jay Cooke's Ogontz estate; Mill Creek (Lower Merion Township); the Philadelphia Zoo monkey house; Chelten Hills; Laurel Hill; Delaware Water Gap, including G. W. Childs arbor, Kittany House, Promontory, Lovers Leap, Young's Peak, and Mt. Minsi; falls, creeks, and Dingman's Ferry in Pike County, Pa.; sites along the Juniata Division of Pennsylvania Canal, including mill races, iron furnaces, Pennsylvania Rail Road bridges, and canal locks at or near Bridgeport, Dauphin, and Rockville; and sites along the Morris Canal, including canal boat planes and hoisting tower, Hopatcong Lake, Little Falls, and Passaic Falls., Other images show the English Cottage on the Centennial grounds (1877); strung hunted game and fish; landscape views of Sea Bright and Belvidere, N.J. and the Delaware near Torresdale; a posed "sweethearts" scene "On the Pennypack" (1878); and a group portrait of the Photographic Society (Samuel F. Corlies, Charles Pancoast, Charles Barrington, Samuel Sartain, Joseph William Bates, W. S. Vaux, Dr. Carl Seiler, Thomas H. McCollin, Thomas B. Craig) with cameras and fishing equipment during the Morris Canal excursion. Other portrait views include Mr. and Mrs. S. Fisher Corlies, Mamie Lloyd, Sallie Bacon, Jesse S. Graves, Alice E. Browne, Susie Hacker, Samuel Fox, and Charles Palmer. Some photographs show a photographer using his camera and several of the canal excursion views include the canal boats "Zuleika" (Pennsylvania Canal) and "Katie Kellogg" and her mule team "Tom & Baby" (Morris Canal)., Front free end paper signed John C. Browne., Photographs identified by inscriptions below images. Majority are date and some annotated "Washed Emulsion.", Red cloth binding, with gilt, and stamped on cover: Album., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., An article by Browne, "The Waterfalls of Pike County, Pa.," describing a trip to photograph natural scenery in Pike County appears in Philadelphia Photographer, Vol. XIII, no. 151 (July 1876), pages 208-211., LCP AR [Annual Reports] 1989 p. 33-34., Browne was a founder of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia.
- Photograph album belonging to Philadelphia amateur photographer John C. Browne. Contains informal portraits of family friends and views of excursions and landmarks in Bethlehem and Nazareth, Pa.; Wilmington, De.; Belividere and Burlington, N.J.; and the Philadelphia area. Images depict the Pennock-Miller family Delaware County mansion Forest Hill, including the library, "Mrs. Pennock's [ceramic] Collection," greenhouse, and Sarah Pennock Miller with her son Caspar on a mule; Old Moravian Boarding School, Moravian Sisters House, Protestant Episcopal Church, and "Old Oil Mill" (Bethlehem); Old Swedes Church (Wilmington); and an old Moravian brewery, buildings, and Whitfield House (Nazareth). Other photographs depict Haines Spring house; "Andersons" at Belvidere; a family picnic at Pierson's Ravine (Belvidere); the Wissahickon; [Fairmount?] "Park guard house"; portraits of a family dog and posed portraits of Mary (Mame) Steele, including one showing the extreme length of her tresses, and Ettie Lewis, Anna, May, Katie and Bessie Shippen attired in costume. Some views include fellow amateur photographer architect George W. Hewitt. One Bethlehem view also shows D. & A. Luckenbach mill., Front free end paper signed John C. Browne., Photographs identified by inscriptions below images. Some annotated "Dry (albumen)" or "Dry.", Green cloth binding, with gilt, and stamped on cover: Album., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Two photographs of "Pennocks House" removed prior to acquisition by repository., Eight inserted loose prints in envelopes removed and housed separately in John C. Browne Collection., LCP AR [Annual Reports] 1989 p. 33-34., Inventory available at repository.
- Album belonging to Philadelphia amateur photographer John C. Browne. Primarily documents the Photographic Society of Philadelphia's Chesapeake & Ohio Canal excursion (May 21-29, 1882), including views of the Falls of the Potomac, Point of Rocks, Md., Harpers Ferry, Va., and Bedford, Pa. Society members attending the excursion included Charles Barrington, Joseph William Bates, Charles Pancoast, Frederick Graff, Samuel Corlies, George Bacon Wood, Samuel Sartain, W.H. Walmsley, Francis T. Fassitt, lens maker Joseph Zentmayer, Thomas H. McCollin, and Browne. Views depict scenes during the excursion along the canal, including canal barges; bridges, aquaducts; Paw Paw Tunnel; John Brown's Fort; a Bedford woman attending an outside bake oven; an African American boy sitting upon a porch of an old Maryland mill; the Photo Party at Patterson's Creek, Md.; a horse team pulling an oak log near Harper's Ferry; an old Bedford mill; and a barn covered with circus posters. Additional views depict the Brooklyn Bridge; sailing vessels on the New York Harbor, including the steamboat Maryland; and animals at the Philadelphia Zoo. Other animal portraiture includes horses posed with African American handlers (p.26-7), a cow and calf at Forrest Hill, PA, a pony ride at Central Park, and family dogs. Also includes a portrait of Lizzie Gilpin at Forrest Hill., Title supplied by cataloger., Front free end paper signed John C. Browne., Blue cloth binding, with gilt and stamped: Album., Retrospective conversion record: original entry, edited., See John C. Browne's "The Photographic Society of Philadelphia Annual Excursion, May 21-29, 1882," Philadelphia Photographer 19 (July 1882), p. 213-215., See George Bacon Wood research file, copy of "Excursion of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia over the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, May 22 to 29th 1882. Read at meeting June 7th, 1882 by Geo. B. Wood.", Insert: handkerchief printed with photograph vignettes [P.9318a] removed and housed with Textiles Collection, Print Department., Added to African Americana Digital Collection through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of the Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor, 2013-2014., Browne was a founder of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia.