5 1897 photos of Columbia - Wrightsville Bridge rebuild

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  • Item Category: Fine Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 22,2008
  • Channel: Online Auction
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Up for auction is a group of 5 - 1897 Card Mounted Vintage Occupational Photos. These are photos showing the completion of the Columbia - Wrightsville Pennsylvania Bridge, also known as the "Pennsylvania Railroad Iron Bridge" in May of 1897.
All photos are in remarkably good shape considering their age. All of the 4 ½" x 3 ½ " photos are mounted on 5 ½" x 4 ¼ " cards. Four of the photos have information written on the back helping to identify the date and subject, all are labeled "From WJS" . Some of the writing is in pen and other is in pencil, which has somewhat faded with age. The script writing on the back of the photos is the traditional and beautiful script style writing of the time, however the writing was a little difficult to decipher, and the letters are not all easily identified. With some research I was able to identify and understand what was written.
The companies used to complete the construction of the new bridge were Edgemoor Bridge Works out of Wilmington Delaware and the A. and P. Roberts Company of Philadelphia. The A & P Roberts Company then subcontracted the job out to the Pencoyd Iron Works, which was also owned by the same Algernon and Percival Roberts as the A & P Roberts Co.
On the back of:
Photo #2 reads: Super train & engine
Photo #3 reads: Columbia Pa Apl 20, 97
First Eng on first span
Photo # 4 reads Wrightsville Pa April 20, 1897
photo #5 reads:
May 7th 1897
Edgemoor on this 13th & last
span with Pencoyd in the
distance showing relative positions
of both Cos (companies) at 10:45 am
on the above date. Edgemoor finished
5:01 PM above date.
The photos speak best for themselves. I included photos of all corners and backs of photos.
The 1987 rebuilding of the Columbia - Wrightsville Bridge was the fourth and final time the bridge was to be built. It was replaced by the Veterans Memorial Bridge, opening on Veterans Day 1930.
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This is another of the items purchased from the J. Huber Leath estate. Mr. Leath was one of the owners of the Strasburg Railroad and President of TRAIN "Tourist Railway Association INc."
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