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Keystone State Photographs Now Available

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The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints and Photographs Division.

What do the Golden Triangle, horse-drawn buggies, Oil City, and the Mummers’ Parade have in common? They can all be seen in a new set of photographs of The Keystone State–Pennsylvania. We are grateful for the generous grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, which made it possible for photographer Carol M. Highsmith to document historic sites as well as contemporary scenes in Pennsylvania during 2019. The emphasis on images of Philadelphia speaks to the upcoming 75th anniversary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, which is based in “Philly.”

This image sampler introduces you to the range of images now online. You can enjoy a front row seat on a lively civic celebration and also soar high above Pittsburgh in aerial views. On the ground again, you can venture down small town main streets, visit the ruins of Concrete City, stop at a round barn, and much more.

Inaugurated in 1901 and held each New Year's Day, this is the 2019 Mummers parade on Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2019. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.56030
Inaugurated in 1901 and held each New Year’s Day, this is the 2019 Mummers parade on Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2019.
https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.56030
Aerial view of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a focus on The Point, the place where the Allegheny River (left) and the Monongahela River come together to form the Ohio River... Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2019. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.58500
Aerial view of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a focus on The Point, the place where the Allegheny River (left) and the Monongahela River come together to form the Ohio River… Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2019. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.58500
My Girls Deli (delicatessen) occupies an old, colorfully painted stone building in downtown Somerset, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2019. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.58286
My Girls Deli (delicatessen) occupies an old, colorfully painted stone building in downtown Somerset, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2019. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.58286
A graffiti-covered, abandoned building in Concrete City, near Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, an early example of International Style architecture built as company housing in 1911 for select employees of the Delaware, Lackawana and Western Railroad's coal division in Nanticoke... Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2019. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.57480
A graffiti-covered, abandoned building in Concrete City, near Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, an early example of International Style architecture built as company housing in 1911 for select employees of the Delaware, Lackawana and Western Railroad’s coal division in Nanticoke… Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2019. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.57480
The 1914 Round Barn & Farm Market, a family-owned and operated farmers' market in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, near Gettysburg. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2019. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.58874
The 1914 Round Barn & Farm Market, a family-owned and operated farmers’ market in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, near Gettysburg. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2019. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.58874

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Comments (4)

  1. Love her!

  2. These photos are wonderful! The Library of Congress, and the American people, are so lucky to have such a talented, generous woman as Carol M. Highsmith spend years of her life visually documenting the United States and donating her voluminous work to the Library for the benefit of future generations. God bless her.

  3. nice article

  4. Nice selections showing off Carol’s great eye.

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