Guide to the Harper's Ferry Postcard, 1911

Summary Information

Title: Harper's Ferry Postcard, 1911
Collection: AC.402
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)
Abstract:

The Harper's Ferry Postcard is a black and white 24" x 6" panoramic postcard depicting Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, circa 1911. It illustrates the Canal, the Potomac River, the West Virginia-Maryland Bridge, the Shenandoah River, and the Virginia side.

Creator: Dittmeyer, W.E. (attributed)

Biographical/Historical Note

Harper's Ferry is located in Jefferson County, West Virginia where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet. The states of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia also join at the border of Jefferson County. It is best known for John Brown's 1859 raid to initiate a slave revolt. It was chartered in 1763 having been used as a ferry by Robert Harper. In 1833, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal reached Harpers Ferry linking it with Washington, D.C. The following year, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began train service through Harpers Ferry.

The picture is attributed to W.E. Dittmeyer, pharmacist. It is handcolored and labels townships, rivers, and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge.

Scope and Contents

The Harper's Ferry Postcard is a black and white 24" x 6" panoramic postcard depicting Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, circa 1911. It illustrates the Canal, the Potomac River, the West Virginia-Maryland Bridge, the Shenandoah River, and the Virginia side.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single item.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased this item from Bookworm and Silverfish in February 2008. Its accession number is AC.2008.009. It was opened to the public in March 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, March 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, March 2008

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.402: Harper's Ferry Postcard, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

 

Postcard, 24" x 6". Folder 1