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.
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