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  1. On the lost history of the crystal palace, were you able to find a portrait or group picture of the architects and engineers who built it? I am trying to find an image of the engineer who was responsible for constructing the Dome.
  2. Ed, welcome. Of the items you have collected about the 1853 Fair at NYC, have you come across any photographs or lithographs depicting the people responsible for making it happen? Also, have you checked the New York Public Library which has a special collection devoted to the Fair and Crystal Palace? Did you know that Walt Whitman's poem, the Exposition, was inspired by the 1853 Fair? Til then. JMcK
  3. You'd be surprised at some work done in scholarly articles - that's why editors are overworked. Now the serious response. The medallions in question would not be the source cited. Instead, they are pieces of archival material. If anyone wanted to follow up the sources (in this case, whoever owns the medallions), they should be able to see them for themselves. If you recall reading any illustrated history text, it will have listed the source owner of the image, item, etc. Whereas as good grammar is necessary for writing good articles, being able to check and verify the items illustrated is the basis of good scholarship. To draw a legal parallel, see the medallions as evidence used in a trial. Parties should be able to weigh them and offer their arguments. The citation is the evidence box holding the medallions kept in the evidence room. The scholarly article is the trial transcript. Unlike library material, archival material cannot be removed like a borrowed book. They are unique items that cannot be replace with copies. The rules of scholarly research require that the same method of citation, even if the medallion has misspelled lettering. Personally, I would love to see a medallion that lists the engineers on the project. BTW, Julius Kroehl was a member of the Gold Medal committee in 1853-54 that presented a gold medal to Capt. Duncan Ingraham for his role in the Kostza affair. It would be interesting if one the designers for these tokens were also the designer for the gold medal.
  4. Andy, if I were to cite these in a scholarly article, what citation should I use? Do they belong to a privately held collection or are they taken from a published article? Thanks. JMcK
  5. Hello everyone: I am researching the life and works of Julius H. Kroehl. If anyone has ever heard of him, you probably are thinking of his Sub Marine Explorer in Panama's Pearl Islands and the Fire Watch Tower in Harlem. After a lot of Google searches, I discovered that he was one of the assistant engineers active in the Crystal Palace's construction, and in particular, the Dome. As more texts are uploaded to the internet, the more things I find. What I would like to find is a group photograph/lithograph of the architects and engineers who participated in the project. To date, there is no known portrait of Kroehl (pronounced "cruel"), though I do have a physical description of him filled out in a passport application from 1854. I would also like to see a diagram of the dome structure itself, apart from the rest of the building. His brother Henry was an importer and manufacturer of bristles; he probably had some items on display at the Exhibition. Thanks.
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