Journal of Progress: The Woodworkers Magazine

Published in Philadelphia from 1883 to 1888 this monthly journal provides a unique insight into the worlds of construction and architecture in late 19th century America. Despite its short duration the journal changes a great deal in both content and format over the course of its publication. These changes reflect changes within the field of building design and construction, most importantly signifying the shift in the field from the prominence of the amateur master builder to the professional architect.
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feb 1885 covermarch 1888


All images courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania the only known owner of a collection of The Journal of Progress and this collection is missing four issues.
The Historical Society is currently in the process of making the The Journal of Progress available on microfilm.

Jennie Graves
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
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