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Collection of 42 cyanotype photographs of the Fitchburg, Massachusetts Railroad [decimalized .01-.13]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05235 Author/Creator: Place Written: [various places] Type: Photograph Date: 1893 circa Pagination: 42 photographs

Summary of Content: The Fitchburg railroad ran from Massachusetts into Vermont and New York. The photographs were taken in E. Deerfield, North Adams, and Fitchburg. Images include railroad personnel, locomotives, tunnels, and trestles. These photographs create an engaging image of railroading and small town New England. These photographs come from the William Clements Library.


Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Science and TechnologyProgressive EraTransportationRailroad

Sub Era: The Gilded Age

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