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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: Old Jail Newcastle

 
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Description: Old Mill at Shell Pot Park

 
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Description: Old Presbyterian Church – Dover, Delaware

 
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Description: Old Quaker Meeting House –Camden, Delaware

 
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Description: Old School House Ninth Ward Founded A D 1798

 
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Description: Old Swedes Church Wilmington built 1698

 
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Description: Old Tyle House Newcastle

 
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Description: Olivet Presbyterian Church

 
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Description: Paper Mills on the Brandywine

 
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Description: Pavilion at Shell Pot Park

 
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Description: Post Office – Dover, Delaware

 
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Description: Presbyterian Church – Newcastle

 
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Description: Public School No 13

 
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Description: Remains of Washington’s Intrenchments on Red Clay Creek

 
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Description: Rocks and Guard House City Dam Brandywine

 
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Description: Rodney Street Presbyterian Church

 
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Description: Scene on the Christiana

 
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Description: Scene above the Brandywine Quarries

 
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Description: Scene from Equitable building looking North – Wilmington

 
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Description: Scene from Equitable Building, looking East – Wilmington

 
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Description: Scene in Brandywine Park

 
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Description: Scene in Shell Pot Park