The 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia

Held between May 10 and November 10 1876, this was the first official world's fair in the United States. Held to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Wikipedia gives all the info on this link.

Ostensibly the Centennial Photographic Co, formed by William Notman, W. Irving Adams, Edward L. Wilson and J.A. Fraser, held the sole rights for stereoviews. In practice, many other companies muscled in. We begin the page with the fine Notman views which are in cabinet card format. The titles of these are abysmally printed into the image and are difficult to read.


'1200. Main building from east end'.
Condition. Ink stain at top right.
Order #19501.
Price $15.
 


'1022. Fountain Ave. from Horti Hall'. One of the few hand-tinted views.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19502.
Price $15.
 


'714. Fountain Avenue'.
Condition 7.
Order #19503.
Price $12.
 


'??Hall from Horti Hall'.
Condition 9.
Order #19504.
Price $18.
 


'1832. Fountain Avenue from Catholic Fountain'.
Condition. Small surface spot on right image.
Order #19505.
Price $12.
 


'829. Horti grounds from horti building'.
Condition 9.
Order #19506.
Price $22.
 


'1712. Memorial Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19507.
Price $18.
 


'1017. Memorial Hall'. Good view of locomotive.
Condition. Slight foxing, slight loss of mount surface on left side.
Order #19508.
Price $15.
 


'356. Centennial Opening. The Orators'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #19509.
Price $18.
 


'838. Horti Grounds from Horti Hall'. Nice fully printed back of ads for Philadelphia businesses.
Condition 8 but slight crease at top left.
Order #19510.
Price $15.
 


Title unclear.
Condition 7.
Order #19511.
Price $12.
 


'1018. Agri Hall from N.E.'.
Condition 8.
Order #19512.
Price $18.
 


'1015. Agri Hall, N. Front'.
Condition 8.
Order #19513.
Price $15.
 


No title visible. See following view.
Condition 7.
Order #19514.
Price $12.
 


'546. Massachusetts State Building'. Ex Treadwell Collection.
Condition 8.
Order #19515.
Price $15.
 


'1135. Rhode Island State Building'.
Condition. Slight stain and damage at top.
Order #19516.
Price $18.
 


'Brazilian Building'.
Condition 8.
Order #19517.
Price $18.
 


'561. English Commissioner's Building'. Ex Treadwell Collection.
Condition 8.
Order #19518.
Price $18.
 


'880. Republic Avenue from Mach. Hall'.
Condition 9.
Order #19519.
Price $22.
 


Title unreadable.
Condition. Some foxing spots.
Order #19520.
Price $12.
 


No title visible.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19521.
Price $12.
 


'123. Machinery Hall. March 7'.
Condition. Surface staining in sky.
Order #19522.
Price $15.
 
 


'Machinery Hall. East Front of Centre'.
Condition 7.
Order #19523.
Price $15.
 


'804. Portico. Horti Hall'.
Condition 7 (slight loss at bottom right).
Order #19524.
Price $12.
 


'1945. Gen. Washington's Carriage'.
Condition 8.
Order #19525.
Price $22.
 


'2203. The Minute Man of 1776'.
Condition. Stain on right image.
Order #19526.
Price $12.
 


'960. Machinery N. Avenue from End'.
Condition 8.
Order #19527.
Price $18.
 


No title visible.
Condition 8/9.
Order #19528.
Price $18.
 


'752. Horticultural Hall ??'.
Condition 9.
Order #19529.
Price $15.
 


'1400. M.B. From Grand Stand looking N.W.'. 'M.B.' is 'Main Building'.
Condition 9 but processing white spots.
Order #19530.
Price $18.
 


'1401. M.B. From S.E. Tower looking N.E.'.
Condition. Light stains to mount and one on right image.
Order #19531.
Price $15.
 


'588. Main Bldg. Nave from N.E. Tower'. Ex Treadwell Collection.
Condition 8/9.
Order #19532.
Price $18.
 


'819. Machinery Hall. S. Avenue looking east'.
Condition 7.
Order #19533.
Price $15.
 


'Main Building. Transept from North Gallery'.
Condition 9.
Order #19535.
Price $15.
 
 


'1867. Horti Hall. Interior from N. Gallery'.
Condition 8.
Order #19536.
Price $15.
 


'803. West End Stairway, Horti Hall'. Ex Treadwell Collection.
Condition. Mount has been pinned on all four sides.
Order #19537.
Price $15.
 


'Brazilian Section in Main Building'.
Condition. Ink stain and light water stain on mount'.
Order #19538.
Price $18.
 


'2123. Egyptian Furniture'.  Nice all-over advertising on the back for Philadelphia businesses.
Condition 8.
Order #19539.
Price $15.
 


'593. M.B. from Nave looking S.W.'. Ex Treadwell Collection.
Condition. Couple of very light surface scratches and dents.
Order #19540.
Price $18.
 


'999. Mrs Maxwell's Rocky Mountain Museum Series, Colorado Building'. Fascinating story behind this view. Click  HERE.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19541.
Price $25.
 
 


'1487. Belgian Furniture, M.B.'.
Condition. Some stains on the mount.
Order #19542.
Price $15.
 


Title unreadable but see next view.
Condition 9.
Order #19543.
Price $18.
 


'829. Horti Hall from W. End'. One of the very few hand-tinted views.
Condition. Light stain on right image.
Order #19544.
Price $18.
 


'913. Horti Hall from W. End'.
Condition 8.
Order #19545.
Price $18.
 


'Floral Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19546.
Price $18.
 


'912. Horti Hall from W. End'.
Condition 8.
Order #19547.
Price $15.
 


'910. Horti Hall from East End'.
Condition 8.
Order #19548.
Price $18.
 


'910. Horti Hall from East End'.
Condition 9.
Order #19549.
Price $18.
 


'289. Floral Hall'.
Condition. Some small surface deposits at center of right image.
Order #19550.
Price $15.
 


'Floral Hall'.
Condition. Light processing creases at bottom of right image.
Order #19551.
Price $15.
 


'868. Operti's Tropical Garden'.
Condition 9.
Order #19552.
Price $15.
 


'Latonia Barbonica. Floral Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19553.
Price $12.
 


'Banana. Floral Hall'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19554.
Price $12.
 


'Doemonorono??? Hystrix'.
Condition. Loss of surface to mount and image at top left.
Order #19555.
Price $8.
 
 
 


'Foley's Marble Fountain. Horti Hall'.
Condition 9.
Order #19556.
Price $22.
 


'1457'. No title but this is 'Group. The United States directing the onward course of America'.
Condition 8.
Order #19557.
Price $15.
 


'1748. Art Annex. Italian Sec.'.
Condition. Damage to top corners of mount.
Order #19558.
Price $12.
 


'1746. Art Annex. Italian Sec.'.
Condition 8.
Order #19559.
Price $15.
 


'1892. Art Annex. Italian Section'.
Condition 7.
Order #19560.
Price $12.
 


'1121. Flying Time'.
Condition 8.
Order #19561.
Price $15.
 


'1490. Rejected'.
Condition 8.
Order #19562.
Price $12.
 


'1149. Cold'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19563.
Price $12.
 


'1213. The Butterfly'.
Condition 7.
Order #19564.
Price $8.
 


'1120. First Sensation of Cold Water'.
Condition. Surface scratches.
Order #19565.
Price $8.
 


'1269. Beggar Boy'.
Condition 7.
Order #19566.
Price $8.
 


'1174. Pharaoh's Daughter'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19567.
Price $12.
 


'1417. The Water Babies'.
Condition 8.
Order #19568.
Price $12.
 


'1526. Bryant Vase - Tiffany & Co., N.Y.'.
Condition 8.
Order #19569.
Price $15.
 


'1527. Bryant Vase - Tiffany & Co., N.Y.'.
Condition 8.
Order #19570.
Price $15.
 



 

Other Publishers


James Cremer. 'Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia - 1876'.
Condition 8.
Order #19572.
Price $15.
 


James Cremer. 'Bird's Eye View from Observatory, George's Hill, Ft Park'.
Condition. A few fly poos on left image. Don't blame me - keep your views away from flies!
Order #19573.
Price $15.
 


James Cremer. 'Bird's Eye View from Observatory, George's Hill, Ft Park'.
Condition. A long but light surface scratch along bottom quarter of both images.
Order #19574.
Price $15.
 


James Cremer. 'Bird's Eye View from Observatory, George's Hill, Ft Park'.
Condition 8.
Order #19575.
Price $18.
 


James Cremer. 'Bird's Eye View from Observatory, George's Hill, Ft Park'.
Condition 8.
Order #19576.
Price $18.
 
 


James Cremer. 'Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia - 1876'.
Condition 8.
Order #19577.
Price $18.
 


James Cremer. 'Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia - 1876'. Slight variant.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19578.
Price $15.
 


James Cremer. 'Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia - 1876'.
Condition 8.
Order #19579.
Price $15.
 


James Cremer. 'Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia - 1876'.
Condition. Light surface scratch on right image.
Order #19580.
Price $18.
 


'Main Exhibition Building, East End'.
Condition. Surface scratches, some heavy.
Order #19581.
Price $12.
 


Thomas Lewis, Cambridgeport, Mass. Handwritten on back '1876'.
Condition 8.
Order #19582.
Price $18.
 


Published by L. Black & Co., Opticians, 732 Arch Street, Philadelphia and 77 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. These views have a printed list of 66 titles printed on the back with the view title underlined. This is '62. Avenue of the Republic, from Georges Hill'.
Condition. Some surface marks, especially on right image.
Order #19584.
Price $15.
 


'Centennial Opening, The Choristers'.
Condition. Slight loss of bottom right corner of mount. Ex collection of Helen D. Moseley, National Stereoscopic Association.
Order #19586.
Price $15.
 


'1945. Gen. Washington's Carriage'.
Condition 8.
Order #19588.
Price $18.
 


'?Main Buildg'.
Condition. Stain on right image.
Order #19589.
Price $8.
 


'New Jersey State Building'.
Condition. Split in right image at center left, stain on right image.
Order #19590.
Price $8.
 


'Machinery Hall from Finance Building'.
Condition. Surface scratch on right image, some foxing.
Order #19591.
Price $8.
 


'Doulton Pottery'.
Condition 7 (some light surcace scratching and marks).
Order #19592.
Price $12.
 


'Corliss Engine'.
Condition 8.
Order #19593.
Price $22.
 


No visible title.
Condition. Slight split at bottom of right image.
Order #19594.
Price $8.
 


'Memorial Hall ????'.
Condition. Slight stains, one small scratch.
Order #19595.
Price $12.
 


'956. Pennsylvania Day'.
Condition 8.
Order #19596.
Price $18.
 
 


'Board of Finance Office'.
Condition 8.
Order #19597.
Price $15.
 
 

That is the end of the cabinet size views. From here they are all normal 3.5 by 7 inches.
 
 

New Excelsior Series


'Fountain Avenue'.
Condition. Light surface marks in sky.
Order #19598.
Price $12.
 


'Pennsylvania State Building'.
Condition. One tiny black mark on left image. Left image slightly unglued at top.
Order #19599.
Price $12.
 


'Belmont Avenue looking north'.
Condition. Mount split thru center, glue creep.
Order #19600.
Price $2.
 


'Vermont State Building'.
Condition 7.
Order #19602.
Price $8.
 


'Swedish School House'.
Condition. Ink marks on right image, one dent on left image.
Order #19603.
Price $10.
 


'Rail Road Depot - Centennial Grounds'.
Condition. Slight marks.
Order #19604.
Price $12.
 


'Arkansas State Building'.
Condition 8.
Order #19605.
Price $10.
 


'Soap Balls, Art Annex, Italian Section'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19606.
Price $10.
 


'Interior of Main Building'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #19607.
Price $12.
 


'Main Building. Transept from North Gallery'.
Condition 9.
Order #19608.
Price $15.
 


'U.S. Government Building - Transept looking south'.
Condition 9.
Order #19609.
Price $15.
 


'Agricultural Hall - Nave looking north'.
Condition. Slight dents.
Order #19610.
Price $12.
 


'Agricultural Hall - Interior looking west'.
Condition 8.
Order #19611.
Price $12.
 


'Spanish Section - Agricultural Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19612.
Price $12.
 


'Machinery Hall - Pump Annex'.
Condition. Couple of surface spots on left image.
Order #19613.
Price $12.
 


'Art Gallery. West Gallery'.
Condition. Slight damage to right image at bottom right corner.
Order #19614.
Price $10.
 


'Group America, Art Gallery'.
Condition 9.
Order #19615.
Price $12.
 


'Group America, Art Gallery'.
Condition. Slight damage to bottom left corner of mount.
Order #19616.
Price $12.
 


'Blind Man's Buff - Memorial Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19617.
Price $10.
 


'Century Vase'.
Condition 8.
Order #19618.
Price $10.
 


'Floral Hall from South Entrance'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #19619.
Price $12.
 


'Floral Hall'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #19620.
Price $12.
 


'Floral Hall Conservatory'.
Condition. Very slight damage at bottom of images.
Order #19621.
Price $10.
 


'Cereus Monstrosa Opuntia Peruvianus - Floral Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19622.
Price $10.
 


'Banana - Floral Hall'.
Condition 9.
Order #19623.
Price $10.
 
 

Other Publishers and Photographers
 
 

This series has a long list of titles printed on the back with the view title underlined. Some different views carry the same title - for example there are 12 'Main Building' views in the series.


'Art Annex - Italian Department'.
Condition 8.
Order #19624.
Price $12.
 


'Republic Avenue from Machinery Hall'.
Condition. Light surface marks.
Order #19625.
Price $10.
 


'Horticultural Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19626.
Price $12.
 


'Agricultural Hall'.
Condition 7.
Order #19627.
Price $8.
 


'New Jersey State Building'.
Condition 8.
Order #19628.
Price $12.
 


'Brazilian Empire Building'.
Condition 7 with some slight blue paint spots.
Order #19629.
Price $8.
 


'Washington's Carriage'.
Condition 7  with very slight loss of left image at top left corner.
Order #19631.
Price $10.
 


'Log Cabin in ye Olden Time'.
Condition. Slight marks in sky.
Order #19632.
Price $12.
 


'Main Building - Interior'.
Condition 8.
Order #19633.
Price $12.
 


'U.S. Government Building - interior'.
Condition 8.
Order #19634.
Price $12.
 


'Machinery Hall - Interior'.
Condition. Some age staining.
Order #19635.
Price $12.
 


'U.S. Government Building - Interior'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19636.
Price $12.
 


'Main Building - Interior'.
Condition. Split down thru right image - probably shrinkage as it is only a slight mark on the back.
Order #19637.
Price $8.
 


'Main building - Interior'. Stand of James Green & Nephew, still in business.
Condition 7.p.
Order #19638.
Price $10.
 


'Carved Pulpit'.
Condition 7.
Order #19639.
Price $10.
 


'Machinery Hall - Interior'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19640.
Price $15.
 


'Marble Fountain - Horticultural Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19641.
Price $12.
 


'Brazilian Section - Main Building'.
Condition. Slight stain on left image.
Order #19642.
Price $12.
 


'Horticultural Hall - Interior'.
Condition. Surface loss to mount and stain on image, top left.
Order #19643.
Price $8.
 


'Horticultural Hall - Interior'.
Condition 8 but staining and deposits on the back.
Order #19644.
Price $10.
 
 

No lists on the back from here.


'General View'.
Condition 8.
Order #19645.
Price $12.
 


'The Art Gallery'.
Condition 7.
Order #19646.
Price $8.
 


'The Art Gallery'.
Condition 7.
Order #19647.
Price $8.
 


'Washington's Carriage'.
Condition. Slight scratch on left image
Order #19648.
Price $12.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Foxing in sky.
Order #19650.
Price $8.
 


Untitled.
Condition 8.
Order #19651.
Price $12.
 


Untitled. (Page Belting Co.)'.
Condition 8.
Order #19653.
Price $12.
 


Untitled.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19654.
Price $10.
 


'603. Agricultural Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19655.
Price $12.
 


Title unreadable but this is Mrs Maxwell's Rocky Mountain Museum Series, Colorado Building.
Condition 6.
Order #19658.
Price $8.
 


'1728. Main Building ????'.
Condition. Stains and a surface scratch.
Order #19659.
Price $6.
 


'496. Corliss Engine'.
Condition 6/7.
Order #19660.
Price $8.
 


'Main Building, Main Ave., East End'.
Condition 8.
Order #19661.
Price $12.
 


'Main Building, South Ave., from East End'.
Condition 7.
Order #19662.
Price $10.
 


'Bryant Vase, Tiffany & Co., N.Y.'.
Condition. Surface scratch and marks.
Order #19663.
Price $6.
 


Kilburn Brothers. '2356. Centennial Machinery Hall'.
Condition. Foxing.
Order #19665.
Price $8.
 


'Main Building Interior'. Pirated.
Condition 8.
Order #19666.
Price $8.
 


'Agricultural Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19667.
Price $10.
 


'Agri. Hall. Main Ave.'.
Condition 9.
Order #19668.
Price $12.
 


'Horticultural Hall'.
Condition 8.
Order #19670.
Price $10.


'Pennsylvania State Building'.
Condition. Small stains.
Order #19671.
Price $10.
 


Title unreadable.
Condition 8.
Order #19672.
Price $12.
 


'Mach. Hall from Finance Building'.
Condition. Two corners of mount missing, stain on left image.
Order #19673.
Price $6.
 


'Ino and Infant Bacchus'.
Condition. Slight mount damage. Small dents in images.
Order #19674.
Price $5.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Light surface marks.
Order #19675.
Price $5.
 


'Main building interior'.
Condition. Images good, stains on mount.
Order #19676.
Price $12.
 


Title unreadable.
Condition 8.
Order #19677.
Price $6.
 


'Main Exhibition Building'.
Condition. Split in right image.
Order #19678.
Price $8.
 


'Horticultural Hall'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19679.
Price $10.
 


'Main Building, S. Front'.
Condition. Slight marks in sky.
Order #19680.
Price $12.
 


'Opeing. The Choristers'. This is a Notman view of high quality.
Condition. Slight marks.
Order #19681.
Price $15.
 


'Main Building. Royal Prussian Porcelain Co.'.
Condition. Dents to edges of mount.
Order #19682.
Price $10.
 


Untitled.
Condition 7/8.
Order #19683.
Price $12.
 


Title unreadable.
Condition 8/9.
Order #19684.
Price $12.
 


'Egyptian Musical Instruments'.
Condition 9.
Order #19685.
Price $15.
 
 

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