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[Detail] Railway train - Italy, 1894


Collection Overview

Around the World in the 1890s: Photographs from the World's Transportation Commission, 1894-1896 contains images by American photographer William Henry Jackson. Jackson, along with a railroad publicist, railroad engineer, and graphic designer, was hired to document types of transportation around the globe from 1894-1896. In addition to railroads, elephants, camels, horses, sedan chairs, and other types of transportation, the collection shows cities, street, landscapes, and inhabitants of North Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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Historical Eras

These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.

  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930

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The members of the World's Transportation Commission were charged with documenting transportation systems around the globe. However, their attitudes and beliefs about different cultures may be conveyed in the subject matter or the words used in captions.

For help with place searches, go to Select A Country from the Trip Itinerary which lists locations represented by the photographs.

For help with search words, go to the Around the World in the 1890s Subject Index.

For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.