Archival Adventures in Small Repositories
Negatives? Positive! At Upper Darby Historical Society
Edward Clyde Eichholtz (1875-1963) was an early photographer in Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Although an amateur, his technique was advanced for the time period. "Dutch" Eichholtz built his own enlarger, experimented with water color tinting, and was a member of Temple Camera Club--pictured here reminding themselves that "Walking is Good!" after missing the train home from a photography excursion.
Church group in Drexel Hill, photograph by Eichholtz
Nieman Hower House in Drexel Hill, photograph by Eichholtz
The Upper Darby Historical Society, located at historic Collen Brook Farm, holds approximately 1,000 glass plate negatives taken by Eichholtz that mostly date from 1905 to 1917. The collection depicts the people, landscapes, buildings/properties, events, and railroads in the area of Drexel Hill, as well as, to a lesser extent, Blair County (Pa.), Philadelphia, parts of New Jersey, Niagara Falls, and some other locations. For researchers studying Drexel Hill in the early 20th century, the E.C. Eichholtz glass negatives provide an unparalleled resource for visual documentation of the area, but you will have to go visit the Upper Darby Historical Society yourself to see the whole collection. If you miss your train home after checking out those glass plates, try not to get too "negative." The Temple Camera Club reminds you: Walking is Good!