Charles Chaney photograph collection
This collection contains photographs taken by Charles Chaney and placed in album titled "Vacation Memories, Summer '02", with scenes in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- Chaney, Charles (Person)
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In the early 20th century, the choices were many for people wishing to make holiday excursions by train in the mid-Atlantic region. From Baltimore, among the available train routes were the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, absorbed into the Pennsylvania Railroad system in 1902, ran north from Baltimore through Maryland towns in Harford and Cecil Counties, and through Delaware to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad departed Baltimore from Camden and Mount Royal Stations with trains to New York, Washington, or out to the mid-West via West Virginia, making plenty of local stops at small towns including Relay on the Patapsco River in southern Baltimore County.
On the Northern Central Railroad, one could head north of Baltimore to stations at Cylburn, Brightside, Woodberry, Mount Washington, Lake Roland, Ruxton, Lutherville, and Timonium. Other branches turned toward Phoenix, Monkton, White Hall, and Parkton, or Walker, Blue Mount, Bentley Springs, New Freedom, Shrewsbury, Glatfelter, and on to York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Northern Central Railroad ran special trains to Timonium, Maryland when the State Fair was in progress every year in August, and thousands of people would depart for this event from the Calvert Station, which stood on the site of the Sun offices at Centre and Calvert Streets.
Charles Chaney was evidently a train enthusiast, in that he not only traveled by train but also focused his camera on specific train engines, identifying them by type or name in his album: the "big double-header" excursion train on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, or the NCR Railroad (engine) #3119. He knew, in some cases, the trains history; for example, that NCR #3119 was President McKinleys funeral train. Chaney may have been an employee of the Baltimore and Ohio or Pennsylvania Railroad, possibly working out of New York.
0.5 Linear Feet (1 flat box)
Language of Materials
The photoprints remain in the album.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Robert M. Vogel, 1984.
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of one album containing 42 photoprints, of which 40 are gelatin silver prints and two are cyanotypes. Titled "Vacation Memories, Summer 02", the album documents a vacation by Charles Chaney in August of 1902, with scenes in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Specific locations include Woodberry, Lake Roland, and Hollins in Maryland, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and Mount Vernon, Virginia. Many of the photographs depict trains and locations accessible by train, with several specific train engines identified, and one photo depicts an old horse car.
- Guide to the Charles Chaney photograph collection
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- Katherine Cowan
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- 2020-01-27: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.