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MG 280
ARTHUR D. BRANSKY COLLECTION OF CHARLES ROSS PHOTOGRAPHS
1905, 1906
(227 Items)


Charles E. Ross (1873-1961) was a professional photographer from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania who was active between 1895 and 1930. Charles Ross and his wife Linnie travelled through towns in East Central Pennsylvania from the fall of 1905 to the winter of 1906 photographing interesting people and subjects.

The bulk of the photographs are of commercial businesses such as hotels, saloons, general and specialty stores, restaurants, and craft shops operated by blacksmiths, stonecutters, carriage makers, etc. People are often posed next to their business establishments. Most photographs are identified by town with the name of the business on the reverse. Towns visited by Ross and his wife include: Adamsdale, Alburtis, Allentown, Annville, Blandon, Bowers, Campbelltown, Centerpoint, Fleetwood, Fogelsville, Hereford, Kutztown, Macungie, Monterey, Newberry, Pottsville, Reading, Shamokin, Temple, Topton, West Leesport, and Williamsport.

The Archives purchased the contact prints from Bransky in 1979 and 1980. The negatives are now owned by the Raymond Holland Industrial History Collection in Allentown.



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