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Vosburg Tunnel, Pennsylvania

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William H. Rau, Vosburg Tunnel, Pennsylvania, ca. 1890, albumen silver print, Gift of Fae Heath Batten, public domain, 1995.45.1

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Title

Vosburg Tunnel, Pennsylvania

Artist

William H. Rau (American, 1855-1920)

Date

ca. 1890

Medium

albumen silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 17 1/16 in x 20 3/8 in; sheet: 17 3/8 in x 20 3/4 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Fae Heath Batten

Accession Number

1995.45.1

Copyright

public domain

Terms

albumen prints

landscapes

photographs

railroad tunnels

tracks

Description

William H. Rau completed many landscape assignments in the late nineteenth century, some more unusual than others. Early in his career, he photographed for a U.S. government-sponsored survey charting the path of Venus as it passed in front of the sun. After extended photographic assessments of the American Rocky Mountains and Egypt, he opened a studio in Philadelphia. Between 1890 and 1895, Rau served as the official photographer of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Railroad. This view from the project depicts the Vosburg Tunnel. Completed in 1886, the 3,900-foot tunnel circumvented a five-mile bend in the Susquehanna River, shortening the railroad’s route by more than four miles.

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