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[Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Seven Oversized Sepia Albertype Postcard Views with Publisher’s Illustrated Envelope].
[Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Seven Oversized Sepia Albertype Postcard Views with Publisher’s Illustrated Envelope].
[Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Seven Oversized Sepia Albertype Postcard Views with Publisher’s Illustrated Envelope].
[Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Seven Oversized Sepia Albertype Postcard Views with Publisher’s Illustrated Envelope].

[Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Seven Oversized Sepia Albertype Postcard Views with Publisher’s Illustrated Envelope].


Circa the 1900s, seven large format Albertype postcards—printed by a proprietary photomechanical process by the Albertype Co. of Brooklyn—depicting exterior scenes in Harpers Ferry West Virginia: No. 2 View of Hill Top House from Potomac River; No. 7 St. Peter’s Catholic Church; No. 10 Hill Top House; No. 18 View of Bolivar and Bolivar Heights from Camp Hill; No. 24 Bolivar and Camp Hill from Bolivar Heights; No. 25 View of the Shenandoah River from Camp Hill; and No. 26 Looking towards the Junction of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers from the C. & O. Canal.

Publisher Walter E. Dittmeyer (1878–1937) was also a physician/pharmacist in Harpers Ferry. He is noted for publishing an illustrated view book of Harpers Ferry, Souvenir of Harper’s Ferry, W. Va. (1906), and later for allowing a controversial “faithful-slave” monument to be erected on the sidewalk of his property, just opposite the John Brown Fort obelisk commemorating the radical abolitionist and martyr John Brown (1800–1859).¹

The accompanying publisher’s envelope plays on the theme of these cards’ large format by depicting a giraffe delivering a card to a woman high up in a tower window.


Description: [Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Seven Oversized Sepia Albertype Postcard Views with Publisher’s Illustrated Envelope].

Brooklyn, N.Y. : Albertype Co. ; Harper’s Ferry, W. Va. : Walter E. Dittmeyer, c.1900s. Seven Postcards. Approx. 6 x 7¾ inches or 7¾ x 6 inches; not postally used with illustrated envelope. Postcards Near Fine.

[3729716]

Note. 1. Shackel, Memory in Black and White (Walnut Creek, Calif., 2003), p92


Price: $75.00

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