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A Photographic View Of Delaware In The 1890s


In the 1890s, two publications were printed that left a valuable photographic timepiece of Delaware during the era. In 1893, the W.H. Parish Publishing Company printed Art Work of Wilmington. This book included photographs of public buildings, street scenes, schools, churches and other views of the city. Following this book’s release, a similar publication, focusing on other areas of the state but also including Wilmington, was printed by the Charles Madison Company in 1898. Entitled Art Work of Delaware, this publication was released as twelve separate large format booklets. Both publications include history about the state and Wilmington, in particular, but the true value in these sources is in the photographs. The Delaware booklets include several duplicate photographs that were originally printed in the Wilmington publication. The duplications have been removed for this web exhibit. In addition, the original captions have been included with each photograph. Both Art Work of Wilmington and Art Work of Delaware are part of the Archives’ Rare Book Collection.

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Description: Lower Market Street Wilmington

 
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Description: Market Street from Eighteenth Street – Wilmington

 
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Description: Market Street North from Second Street

 
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Description: Market Street South from Ninth Street

 
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Description: Masonic Hall and Grand Opera House

 
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Description: Mount Salem M E Church

 
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Description: Mouth of Delaware and Beacon Lighthouse Lewes

 
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Description: Moving Mountain of Sand Lewes – Delaware

 
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Description: New Castle County Alms House

 
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Description: New Castle County Court House

 
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Description: New Castle County Hospital – Farnhurst

 
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New Century Club

 
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Description: Old Academy Newark Delaware

 
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Description: Old Bank of Delaware – Wilmington

 
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Description: Old Barley Milldam Brandywine

 
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Description: Old Brandywine Mills and City Water Works

 
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Description: Old Catholic Church Newcastle

 
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Description: Old Christ Episcopal Church – Dover, DE

 
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Description: Old Court House Newcastle

 
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Description: Old Cowgill House – King Street – Dover, Delaware

 
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Description: Old Drawyers Church – Odessa, Delaware

 
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Description: Old Episcopal Church – Newcastle