Glover Machine Works Glass Plate Negative Collection

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J. Wilder Glover, President of the Glover Machine Works, knew the power of photography when it came to selling Glover steam locomotives. Photographs of the Glover engines were used for post cards, catalog inserts, and advertising materials. From 1902 until the early 1930s, Mr. Glover took photographs of every engine manufactured at the Marietta, Georgia plant. Using a 6.5” x 8.5” large format camera, Wilder took images of the engines during all stages of the assembly process. The most significant picture, however, was taken as each engine was brought out of the assembly shop and prepared for shipment. Many of these photographs contain workers or members of the Glover family.

The Glover Photograph Collection, which is comprised of over 800 glass plate negatives and thousands of photographs, contains images of Glover family gatherings, Glover engines at work in various settings, non-railroad related equipment manufactured at the Glover Machine Works, and photographs of workers and machinery in the interior of the Glover plant.

Restoring the glass plate negatives was made possible by a grant from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, Georgia Department of Archives and History, Office of Secretary of State.

Legend:
LSV = Left Side View
RSV = Right Side View
LSV 3/4 = Left Side 3/4 View
RSV 3/4 = Right Side 3/4 View
LR = Left Rear
RR = Right Rear
LR 3/4 = Left Rear _
LF 3/4 = Left Front 3/4 View
RR 3/4 = Right Rear 3/4
RF 3/4 = Right Front 3/4 View

SAMPLES 12345
Preview Plate # RR/Company Name Date Builder # Gauge Type View
31 1420 Interstate Lumber Co. with ca. 1910 automobile, driver and child, two employees 1908 14202 Standard 4-6-0 LR 3/4

95 - 96 10 x 12 Skidder Columbus Front
106 Interstate Lumber Co. 4-6-0 LSV
147 Switch Engine 4-6-0 LSV
167 E.P. Burton #6 Print 1914 12165 Standard 2-6-0 LSV
218 Graves Lumber Co. #1 1911 12165 Standard 2-6-0 LSV
267 Mud Washer - Chattahoochee Brick LR 3/4
360 R. C. Avent #4 1906 81411 Standard 0-6-4 RSV
402 Interstate Lumber Co. #1 with Glover Family and Dog 1908 14202 Standard 4-6-0 RSV
429 Cherokee Brick Co. 0-4-0 RSV
630 U.S. Navy (U.S.N.Y.P.S.) #4 1918 14221 Standard 0-4-0 LSV
733 A Cherokee Brick Co. #7 with Shop Crew 1920 131810 Standard 0-6-0 LSV
766 Kunhardt #1 1920 131815 42" 0-6-0 LSV
791 San Domingo #4 1919 13188 42" 2-6-2 Front

 

 

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