Celebration held as United States Chamber of Commerce reaches 100-year milestone

January 6, 2013 by  

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the United States Chamber of Commerce. To celebrate this anniversary, the Hagley Museum and Library is presenting an exhibit entitled ‘100 years of picturing the nation’s business’.

The exhibit features 100 photographs, selected from over 25,000 samples held by the Hagley Museum, which highlight American business and business leaders. Included are corporate and commercial photographs, factory views, portraits of business leaders, news photographs, advertisements, and United States government photographs. Several of the highlighted photographs are by some of the most famous American photographers, such as Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange and Lewis Hine.

The exhibit should be interesting to anyone who runs a small business or those interested in the history of photography. It should help them understand what doing business was like during earlier days, when printed media was still in its infancy and a world away from the digitally-aided methods of today. Those who work for Philadelphia printing companies or graphics design companies might also be especially interested in any commercial or advertising photographs in the exhibit, as it will give them an idea of the history behind commercial photography and may even inspire them in their own work.

‘100 years of picturing the nation’s business’ is running at the Hagley Museum and Library until February 3 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm each day. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults or $2 for children aged 6 – 14. For more information, call 302-658-2400.