Castner Scrapbook v.10, Transportation, page 14Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Source: Print and Picture Collection
Item pdcc00931, bottom [image dimensions 13.0 cm x 19.6 cm]:
Depicts John Fitch's 1786 steamboat passing Windmill Island on the Delaware River, with the Philadelphia waterfront beyond. Shows Fitch's original design for his steamboat, which utilised a bank of oars on either side of the vessel. Before his death in 1798, he built four mechanically succesful steamboats. The first in the United States, they proved financial failures. Aso shows a variety of watercraft on the river, including ships at anchor on the Philadelphia side. Although mechanically successful, Fitch's steamboats were financial failures, leaving Robert Fulton to finally succeed with the idea.
Item pdcc00932, middle right [image dimensions 7.2 cm x 7.0 cm]:
Left half of a hand-colored stereoscope by the London Stereoscopic Company, 534 Broadway. Shows two horse-drawn streetcars at the Ridge Avenue depot. A man holds the reins of the horses as passengers alight from the nearest car.
Item pdcc01006, top right [image dimensions 8.5 cm x 12.5 cm]:
Illustration of John Fitch's steamboat which successfully carried passengers and freight on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Trenton in the summer of 1790. Unlike his first steamboat design of three years earlier, which had a bank of oars on either side of the boat, this new design utilised several stern mounted oars.
Item pdcc01017, top left [image dimensions 18.0 cm x 11.2 cm]:
Illustration depicting three Philadelphia inventions. From the top: Fitch's early steamboat design with several side-mounted oars; Oliver Evan's car, the Oruktor Amphibolos, designed for dredging the city's dockyards; Fulton's steamboat, the first commercially successful steamboat in America.
Page from Watson's Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, published in 1857.
Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.10
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
Mumford, Thomas Howland, 1816- - Artist
Rosenthal, L. N. (Louis N.) - Lithographer