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PICTURING DELAWARE:
WILMINGTON

Upper Powder Mill

William Cullen Bryant, 1794-1878, ed.
Picturesque America; or, The Land we live in. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1872-74.

For more than two hundred years, Wilmington has been the industrial, financial, and commercial center for the state. The DuPont Company has been the most famous corporate resident, but many other companies have contributed to the city's commercial reputation.


Augustine Mills George A. Wolf.
Industrial Wilmington, issued by authority of the Board of Trade, Wilmington, Del.: George A. Wolf, 1898

Pusey & Jones Company.
List of spur, bevel, mitre wheel, pulley, propeller wheel, grate bar, and other patterns belonging to the Pusey & Jones Company, Wilmington, Del. Wilmington, Del.: The Company, 1890.


Walton, Whann & Co.
The Great Fertilizer, Whann's raw bone super-phosphate. Philadelphia: Lehman & Bolton, Prs. 1870.


Rocland Mills An Anthology of Delaware Papermaking with … four wood engravings by John DePol. New Castle, Del.: Delaware Bibliophiles; Oak Knoll Books, 1991.

"Market Street from 2nd Street, Wilmington, Del.," circa 1905. Delaware Postcard Collection.

8th and Market Streets "Wilmington, Del. 8th and Market Sts." The PCK Series, circa 1905. Delaware Postcard Collection.

W. James McGlynn.
Wilmington Train Station. Reproduction print.
Pearl Herlihy Daniels Collection.

McGlynn was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and raised in Wilmington. He studied with the noted illustrator Frank Schoonover, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the University of Delaware.


New Public Library "The New Public Library seen from Rodney Square. Wilmington, Del.," 1923. Delaware Postcard Collection.

Brandywine Park

Photograph of picnickers sitting in Brandywine Park, circa 1876. Historic Photograph Collection.

Delaware has an abundance of rural and urban parks. Wooded areas such as Wilmington's Brandywine Park have given city dwellers a place of refuge from the busy streets for over a hundred years.


Brandywine Springs Trolley

Brandywine Springs Photo Album, 1902.
Historic Photograph Collection.

Brandywine Springs, in the Wilmington suburb of Faulkland, is now a quiet suburban neighborhood, but from 1886 until 1923, it was a major amusement park with a carousel, fun house, roller coaster and marina. Trolleys from downtown Wilmington brought families to the park for a day of relaxation. The photos in this album were taken during the period when the park was at its height, a few years after trolley service began.

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Old Swedes' Church Andrew Wyeth (1917- )
"Old Swedes Church." Ink on board.1937.
Christopher Ward Papers.

Andrew Wyeth, one of the best known American painters of the twentieth century, has focused many of his works on his native Brandywine Valley. This sketch was done in 1937 for the Delaware Tercentenary Almanack, published to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the State.

 

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