Monday, August 28, 2006

Philadelphia through the Eyes of Nineteenth-Century Muckrakers and Snake-Oil Hucksters


The frequently fascinating and always aesthetically pleasing BibliOdyssey, a compendium of scans and images from public-domain books and the like, is now featuring reproductions of lithographs of nineteenth-century Philadelphia. Many of the pictures, as BibliOdyssey implies, are ads for now-defunct establishments or artist's conceptions for incendiary news stories, but some are lovely and surreal renderings of still-existing landmarks. Above is a depiction of Eastern State Penitentiary, which, though no longer operational, is open to the public in all its panopticon splendor in the middle of a fairly dense residential neighborhood.

Indexed by tags Philadelphia, art, lithographs, 1800s, Eastern State Penitentiary.
Image credits:
The Eastern Penintentiary, J.C. Wild, via the Library Company of Philadelphia, borrowed for news-reporting and comment purposes.