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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: Scene in Tenth Street Park

 
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Description: Scene of Delaware Avenue

 
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Description: Scene on Broom Street

 
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Description: Scene on Clayton Street

 
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Description: Scene on Franklin Street

 
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Description: Scene on Jefferson Street

 
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Description: Scene on Market Street

 
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Description: Scene on Second Street

 
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Description: Scene on West Street

 
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Description: Scene in Shell Pot Park

 
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Description: Scene in Tenth Street Park

 
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Description: Scene of Delaware Avenue

 
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Description: Scene on West Street

 
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Description: Second Baptist Church

 
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Description: Security Trust and Safe Deposit Co Building

 
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Description: Sight of Landing of First Settlers. Also place of Massacre by Indians, 1631; also fort during revolution; also fort during war of 1812.

 
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Description: Sight of Old Crane Hook Church

 
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Description: Soldiers and Sailors Monument – Wilmington

 
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Description: Soldiers and Sailors Monument Delaware Avenue

 
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Description: St. Ann’s Church

 
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Description: St Ann’s Episcopal Church – Middletown, Delaware

 
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Description: St James Church near Stanton built in 1716