Fabulous Find: Centennial Chime

This fabulous find comes from the Centennial Exhibition which was held in Philadelphia in 1876 in honor of our country’s 100th birthday!

You can view it online as part of BTG’s Digital Collections: http://boktowergardens.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16755coll5/id/48

This stereograph* is of the Centennial Chime which was on display in the Machinery Hall of the Centennial Exhibition. It is a 13 bell chime and is the first known chime produced by the McShane Foundry of Maryland. It has since been moved and is now located at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY.

The Free Library of Philadelphia has additional stereographs from the exhibition, including one showing the keyboard used to play the chime. https://libwww.freelibrary.org/CenCol/Details.cfm?ItemNo=c062168

*A stereograph shows two nearly identical images side-by-side and when viewed through a stereoscope the image looks 3 dimensional.

Have a great day!
-Jaime

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