Historic Photos of Pennsylvania

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The birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, Pennsylvania is steeped in history as deep as that of the United States as a whole. Founded by William Penn in 1682, Pennsylvania would see America’s first public protest against slavery, its first colonial constitution to ensure freedom of conscience, and a daguerreotype image of Philadelphia’s Central High School that remains the oldest known photograph taken anywhere in the United States. That landmark image is among the...

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Overview

The birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, Pennsylvania is steeped in history as deep as that of the United States as a whole. Founded by William Penn in 1682, Pennsylvania would see America’s first public protest against slavery, its first colonial constitution to ensure freedom of conscience, and a daguerreotype image of Philadelphia’s Central High School that remains the oldest known photograph taken anywhere in the United States. That landmark image is among the many highlights of Historic Photos of Pennsylvania. Reproduced in vivid black and white, the nearly 200 photos in this volume showcase Pennsylvania’s natural beauty, industrial might, and advances in education and the arts. Farmlands and waterfalls, coal mines and steel mills, museums and universities—all contribute to the tapestry that is Pennsylvania’s landscape and history. Most of all, the images in this collection pay tribute to the people who have made up Pennsylvania’s storied past, even as the state looks ahead to a hopeful future.

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In nearly 200 striking black-and-white photographs, this large-format book displays the long and various history of the Keystone State. Historic Photos of Pennsylvania touches on both great events and small natural wonders; it includes reproductions of daguerreotypes and other early images and stunning recent shots of landscapes and public architecture. A browser's delight.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596525153
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 1,431,781
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura E. Beardsley earned a Master of Arts degree in public history from Rutgers University- Camden. She is the former Director of Graphics and Research Services for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Previously she worked as a park ranger and interpretative specialist at Independence National Historical Park. In recent years she has pursued a career as a freelance researcher and consultant. She has written Historic Photos of Philadelphia and Historic Photos of the Main Line, both available from Turner Publishing Company. Beardsley lived in Philadelphia for 20 years. She now resides in the quiet suburb of Drexel Hill.
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