University of Delaware Library

Special Collections Department



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

Art Work of Delaware. Chicago: Charles Madison Co., 1898.

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.

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


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

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

"Market Street N, Wilmington, Del." New York: Valentine & Sons, 1910. Delaware Postcard Collection.

"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.

"Market St. and Rodney Square. Looking South from 11th St. at Night, Wilmington, Del." Wilmington: Del Mar News Agency, 1948. Delaware Postcard Collection.

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

"Downtown Mall-Wilmington, Delaware." Dover: HPS Inc., 1979. Delaware Postcard 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, 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.

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

These two tinted photographs were commercially done and intended for home decoration.

Brandywine Springs Photo Album, 1902.
Historic Photograph Collection.

The photos in this album were taken during the period when the park was at its height, a few years after trolley service began.

for reference assistance email Special Collections
This page is maintained by Special Collections

Last modified: 12/21/10


  • UD Library Special Collections  •   181 South College Avenue  •   Newark, DE 19717-5267  •   USA
    Phone: USA +1 302-831-2229  •   ©2014