Castner Scrapbook v.19, Disasters, Criminal Prisons 1, page 25

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Castner Scrapbook v.19, Disasters, Criminal Prisons 1, page 25

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Item No: pdcc03180
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.19, Disasters, Criminal Prisons 1, page 25
Historic Street Address: 13th & Locust Streets
Historic Street Address: 15th & Chestnut Streets
Historic Street Address: Broad & Chestnut Streets
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Item 1, entire page:  Six images of the aftermath of a blizzard in Philadelphia, in February 1899.  The caption reads, "The Recent Blizzard in America:  Scenes in Philadelphia," and their locations are listed below each photograph.  Called the Great Blizzard of 1899, the Snow King Blizzard, and the Great Arctic Outbreak of 1899, the storm affected most of the United States, and posted historic snowfalls and record low temperatures across the country.  According to a 2024 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, it still ranks in the top ten of biggest snowfalls in Philadelphia history, having dropped almost 19 inches of snow from February 12-14. 

 While the collection of images was "supplied by Mr. Paul Farnam," the last photograph (and possibly the other five) was taken by Dickenson Sargent Bell.  Shown are scenes of people in Center City struggling, shoveling, driving horse-drawn sleighs and carriages, and plowing, following the blizzard.  All six photographic reproductions measure 12.25 x 10.5 cm, for an unidentified publication, 1899. 

Creation Year: 1845
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.165607
Geocode Latitude:39.951077

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.19
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
Dickenson Sargent Bell - Photographer

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