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!

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Mystery/Fabulous Find

Greetings, everyone!

I hope that you’re all having a wonderful summer!

First, I wanted to update you that the last mystery that was shared we believe with 99% certainty is a single bell located at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kingston, Ontario. Many thanks to Rick Watson for his help on this mystery! The nice folks at St. Mary’s were grateful to have some information about their bell, as no one has even seen it in recent years due to the dangerous conditions to access it. The bell (which was cast by Petit & Fritsen and weighs approximately 4,700 pounds) is still in use by means of an electronic mechanism that is used to strike the hour, and for special occasions such as the election of a new pope.

Second, I wanted to also share another mystery/fabulous find! (yes – it is both a mystery and a fabulous find!) This one began, as they usually do, with sorting though materials in the course of our CLIR grant funded project. I came across this letter, which makes mention of film footage taken at the Taylor Bell Foundry.

AACF USKA Ka -- Correspondence -- Letter 27 Aug 1948

Figuring that everyone would enjoy seeing the film, I set about trying to track it down. Thanks to the kind help of Caitlin at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Library, she located what she believes is the correct film! And not only that, it’s already been digitized and is available on their website!

Click here for the direct link to the digitized film. And click here for the link to the catalogue record.

And you can also click here, for a photo of the UM bourdon being tuned that is online as part of Bok Tower Gardens’ digital collections! I encourage you all to browse through the collections to enjoy other photos as well – and more will continue to be added in the future!


And last, but not least. I wanted to share the news the LuAnn has accepted another position and is no longer at Bok Tower – but she’s not too far away and I hope to work with her on future projects! However, I’m very excited to that I have been promoted to her position (which is now called Collections Manager).  So I am still available for reference/research inquiries and will still be bothering you with more mysteries, of course :-)

 Thank you!

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Mysteries from the Archives (part VI)

Greetings, everyone!

It’s been a busy week here in the Anton Brees Carillon Library! Restoration work has begun on the tower, I am continuing to process the vertical files, and LuAnn is hard at work on a special digitization project (more on that later :-)).

This latest mystery comes from a set of photos we received, and includes photos of towers, bells, and carillonneurs.  We believe this photo may have been misidentified, and are trying to determine its location. Any help that you could provide would be greatly appreciated!


CAR0008The label on the photo reads “Carillon for the R.C. cathedral Los Angelos (sic) California”.

The inscription on the bell reads:
“Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Pope Pius XII Gloriously Reigning
Joseph Anthony O’Sullivan Archbishop of Kingston
J. Andrew O’Neill, Rector of this Cathedral
Gerald Hanley, James P. Sullivan, J.Reid Powell
Arthur Welsh, Joseph J. Brennan: Assistants”

Joseph Anthony O’Sullivan was the Archbishop of Kingston, Ontario, Canada from 1944 to 1966.  Pope Pius XII served as Pope from 1939 to 1958.

If you can help to provide any information about this bell, please email me at jfogel@boktower.org.

Thank you so much!

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Mysteries (Part V) – Solved

Once again, you guys come through for us to solve another mystery!

#21) Nieuwe Toren, Kampen, Netherlands

GCNA Mystery_021
Thank you to Milford Myhre, Pieter Blonk, Jeffrey Bossin, and Rick Watson for your help identifying this tower!

Thank you so much!

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Mysteries from the Archives (Part V)

Greetings, everyone!

LuAnn and I were hoping you guys could once again lend a hand to solve this Mystery from the Archives!

This image is part of a series of glass negatives from the William Gorham Rice collection (along with images of other European towers).

#21)GCNA Mystery_021

If you can help to provide any information about this tower, please email me at jfogel@boktower.org.

Thank you so much!

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Follow up to Fabulous Finds (Part III)

As a follow up to Part III of Fabulous Finds from the GCNA Archives (read the original post here), I thought you might be interested to know that I have come across one of the first GCNA Membership cards from 1936!

First Membership Card_Schroeder (1936)

Hope that you’re all having a wonderful Spring!


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Mysteries (Part IV) – Solved

And in another impressive display of knowledge from the GCNA, we were able to solve all of these mysteries in record time!

St. Sophia Cathedral
Kiev, UkraineGCNA Mystery_020.1#20.2)
Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra
Sergiyev Posad, Russia

GCNA Mystery_020.2

St. Isaac’s Cathedral
St. Petersburg, RussiaGCNA Mystery_020.3

Ivan the Great Bell Tower
Moscow, Russia
GCNA Mystery_020.4

Novodevichy Convent
Moscow, RussiaGCNA Mystery_020.5
Thank you to Brian Tang, Jeffrey Bossin, Carl Zimmerman, and Bob Holmes for your help identifying these!

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