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RUNKEL, A. (American, 19th Century). J.J. Chetwood (1857?). Albumen print, on period mount with a printed caption "Photographed by A. Runkel, 618 Broadway New York, Rogers Locomotive & Machine Works, Paterson, New Jersey [...]". Image size 32.5 x 42 cm., paper size 46.7 x 53 cm. Browned, some stains.
RUNKEL, A. (American, 19th Century).
John A. White. A History of the American Locomotive: Its Development, 1830-1880
From the estate of Walton White Evans (1817 - 1886), an American civil engineer who constructed railroads and bridges in North and South America
The J.J. Chetwood was manufactured in 1857, it was one of only two machines to have been fitted with a combination valve gear. Rogers Locomotive Works, Paterson, N.J. existed from 1837 - 1913. They built 6300 locomotives. Railroad companies were among the first to use photography for the documentation and promotion of their work. The photographs were often of a very high artistic level. "Railroads pioneered industrial photography, initially as a way to record their locomotive inventories. Builders employed photographers to document their work. For example John Reid's studio took photos of locomotives built at Rogers, Cooke, and Grant in Paterson, New Jersey, until the last Cooke shop [...] closed in 1928. Reid also recorded bridges and machinery" (Brian Solomon & John E. Gruber. Railway Photography).
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