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  • Collection: From Your Town to Ours: Pennsylvania Prints from the O'Connor-Yeager Collection Revisited

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Not a great deal is known about F. A. Holtzwart, other than that, as a lithographer in the firm of Lehman & Duval, he was a skilled enough at his trade to be entrusted with drawing his own view of Reading onto the stone. The two churches in the…

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Robert Fulton was born in Little Britain, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1765. As a young man, he was apprenticed to a jeweler in Philadelphia, but he developed an interest in painting and, at the age of twenty-two, went to London to study under…

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Double views are relatively rare, especially in the case of Altoona and Tyrone, which are not adjacent to one another but rather separated by some fourteen miles. The Pennsylvania Railroad may have been the common denominator. Altoona, of course, was…

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In January 1867, Jasper Cropsey's large painting titled Starrucca Viaduct (said to have been fourteen feet wide) was offered as third prize in the famous Crosby Opera House lottery. The Chicago theater's owner, distilling magnate U. H. Crosby, went…

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In 1705, John Harris, originally from Yorkshire, England, was granted a license to trade along the Susquehanna River near the Susquehannock village of Peixtan, also known as Paxton (today the borough of Paxtang). By 1710 he had set up a trading post,…

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The decision to capture a town in print was often exciting news, and local newspapers, seeing the venture as an opportunity to stimulate the growth of the community, regularly reported on the projects with enthusiasm. When C. J. Corbin traveled to…

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This bucolic view of Bethlehem captures the still relatively small town just after the Lehigh Canal was constructed, though the canal is virtually impossible to detect from this vantage point. In the foreground, the group of three people converse on…

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Born in the small town of Darlington, Wisconsin, about fifty miles southwest of Madison, Herman Brosius worked mostly with lithographers throughout the Midwest and in parts of Ontario, Canada. He did travel east to produce some views in 1873;…

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This spectacular view of Philadelphia, looking southwest from Camden, New Jersey, across the Delaware River, was created by John Bachmann just a few years after he emigrated from Switzerland. The bird's-eye vantage point, though in use for some time…

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The Centennial Exposition was held in Philadelphia from May 10 to November 10, 1876. Organized to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the event featured more than 200 buildings spread over 450 acres in…
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