The Era of CanalsHistorical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Source: Print and Picture Collection
Reproduction of a wash drawing, by Frank Hamilton Taylor, of a canal boat named Polly of Philadelphia. A team of mules on the towpath are shown pulling the vessel and its passengers, who are evidently enjoying their journey.
Image published in Frank Taylor's "Old Philadelphia" prints, 1915 - 1927, with accompanying caption:
Antedating the iron track of the railroads but in the minds of travelers of long ago, when, purchance, your grandparents journeyed comfortably inland, the passenger packet boat was considered the acme of luxury. The completion of the Erie Canal the length of the state of New York soon placed Philadelphia second among our seaboard cities. We may trace today, close along the margins of our Pennsylvania rivers, the remains of the earlier canals, trenched at the cost of the State, in an effort to vie with the Empire State in gaining the trade of the growing settlements of the interior. The eventual construction of railways brought to a conclusion a system of transportation which was, in good weather, most enjoyable.
Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.10
Creator Name: Taylor, Frank H. (Frank Hamilton), 1846-1927 - Artist
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler