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Charles R. Pancoast lantern slides

late 19th century-early 20th century, 16 linear feet

07

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the The Historical and Interpretive Collections of The Franklin Institute. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
The Historical and Interpretive Collections of The Franklin Institute
Creator:
Pancoast, Charles R., 1854-1931
Title:
Charles R. Pancoast lantern slides
Date:
late 19th century-early 20th century
Call Number:
07
Extent:
16 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Charles R. Pancoast (1854-1931) was a photographer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania active from the 1870s to 1922. In his shop, Pancoast developed his own photographs as well as those of other photographers. He enjoyed traveling and captured many images from foreign locations. Charles R. Pancoast lantern slides, late 19th century-early 20th century, consist of over twelve hundred slides taken by Pancoast in Philadelphia and during his travels throughout the North America, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.
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Biography/History

Charles Rodman Pancoast (1854-1931) was born in 1854 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Joshua and Anna (Paxson) Pancoast. Charles worked as a photographer in Philadelphia, active from the 1870s to 1922. He owned a shop where he developed his own photographic images as well as those of other photographers. He also traveled in the United States and all over the world, capturing images in various Asian countries, Hawaii, and other exotic locations. In 1922, Pancoast retired and sold his business to Milton R. Holmes, E. Richard Deats, and Robert F. Carels. Holmes and Deats took over the production of photographic images, while Carels took charge of the stereopticon and motion picture machine, which Pancoast had used to establish a successful business projecting and illustrating lectures. Pancoast was a member of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia and the Photography Section of The Franklin Institute. In 1893, Pancoast married Phebe Bartram (1868-1956), the daughter of Isaac Newton Bartram and Helen Dartley Winan of Connecticut.

Bibliography:

Chambers, Frank V. "As We Heard It." Bulletin of Photography 30, no. 772 (May 24, 1922) : 667.

Scope and Contents

Charles R. Pancoast lantern slides, late 19th century-early 20th century, consist of over twelve hundred slides taken by Pancoast in Philadelphia and during his travels throughout the North America, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Subjects depicted in the slides include historic Philadelphia, Spanish-American warships, portraits, "natives au natural," Napoleon series, construction of roads and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia, and other topics. There are also images of people and locations in Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, India, the Middle East, South America, Canada, and various U. S. states, including New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Each slide measures 3.25" x 4" and many have been colorized. A partial inventory is available on-site.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

The Historical and Interpretive Collections of The Franklin Institute

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Sarah Leu and Anastasia Matijkiw through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact The Historical and Interpretive Collections of The Franklin Institute for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Mrs. Charles R. Pancoast, 1931

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2014-2016 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact The Historical and Interpretive Collections of The Franklin Institute directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

The George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY has over three hundred lantern slides taken by Pancoast, circa 1880s-1907

Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Lantern slide collection, circa 1880-1920

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Middle East
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • South America
  • Thailand
  • United States
Personal Name(s)
  • Pancoast, Charles R., 1854-1931
Subject(s)
  • Photographers

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