[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. [1900s]. Seven Postcards. Approx. 6 x 7¾ inches; not postally used with illustrated envelope. Near fine.
Note. 1. Shackel, Memory in Black and White (Walnut Creek, Calif., 2003), p92