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Traveling the Pennsylvania Railroad

PDF When I was a kid, I used to visit the Pennsylvania Room at the Altoona Area public library. In the back of the room were huge, aging volumes that contained large photos of the Pennsylvania landscape in the mid to late 1800s.

Unnoticed for years, these priceless photographs were dismissed as valuable only to local history buffs and fans of the Pennsylvania Railroad. In more recent times, however, the photographs grew to be recognized for their photographic and historical value in larger terms. The views they show provide dramatic, nostalgic, and panoramic insight into a long lost time when transportation was first connecting the two great oceans of the world.

Employed as a photographer for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Rau eventually mounted 463 views in albums titled "Pennsylvania Railroad Scenery." The albumen prints measure 18x22 inches and depict the then still wild landscape of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland.


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