Chess at the Athenaeum

Chess in Philadelphia in the late 19th century was centered on The Athenaeum, and a room on the second floor of the 6th Street building was devoted to this pastime. Many of Charles Vezin's students, including Lewis Elkin and Philip P. Randolph, became prominent players in Philadelphia. These men practiced in the "Chess Room" of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and were sometimes referred to as the "Men of the Athenaeum."
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Paul Morphy and Lewis Elkin are the #chess players in this early #albumen #photograph. Morphy (seated at right), the world famous 19th century chess player, visited The Athenaeum chess club in October, 1859, en route to his native New Orleans from a European tour. Lewis Elkin, an #Athenaeum chess player, served on the Board of Directors from 1893 until his death in 1901. This photograph appears as the frontispiece for Gustavus C. Reichhelm's "Chess in Philadelphia" (1898).

Paul Morphy and Lewis Elkin are the #chess players in this early #albumen #photograph. Morphy (seated at right), the world famous 19th century chess player, visited The Athenaeum chess club in October, 1859, en route to his native New Orleans from a European tour. Lewis Elkin, an #Athenaeum chess player, served on the Board of Directors from 1893 until his death in 1901. This photograph appears as the frontispiece for Gustavus C. Reichhelm's "Chess in Philadelphia" (1898).

The third known #chess playing automaton in the world was created by Charles Godfrey Gumpel in the 19th century. It took #Gumpel about seven years to create the chess playing machine. "Mephisto" was represented as a man in an "oriental" style #red #costume, sitting at a chess table.  Today, a brand of chess computer bears the name "Mephisto," in homage to this remarkable feat of engineering.

The third known #chess playing automaton in the world was created by Charles Godfrey Gumpel in the 19th century. It took #Gumpel about seven years to create the chess playing machine. "Mephisto" was represented as a man in an "oriental" style #red #costume, sitting at a chess table. Today, a brand of chess computer bears the name "Mephisto," in homage to this remarkable feat of engineering.

The modern game of #chess we play in the United States was not introduced to #China until the 19th century. This is an example of a 19th century stained Chinese chess set. The set is made of delicately carved #ivory on rounded pedestal bases. Half of the set is stained red.

The modern game of we play in the United States was not introduced to until the century. This is an example of a century stained Chinese chess set. The set is made of delicately carved on rounded pedestal bases. Half of the set is stained red.

This is an #original set of The Athenaeum's turned wood #chess pieces. There are 25 chess pieces including 2 dark Bishops, 2 dark Knights, 2 dark Rooks, 6 dark Pawns, 1 light Bishop, 1 light Rook, and 8 light Pawns. In order to complete this set, 6 replica pieces were made in 1983 by Daniel H. Barol. The replicas include 2 dark Pawns, 1 light Rook, 1 light Knight, 1 light Bishop, and 1 light King.

This is an #original set of The Athenaeum's turned wood #chess pieces. There are 25 chess pieces including 2 dark Bishops, 2 dark Knights, 2 dark Rooks, 6 dark Pawns, 1 light Bishop, 1 light Rook, and 8 light Pawns. In order to complete this set, 6 replica pieces were made in 1983 by Daniel H. Barol. The replicas include 2 dark Pawns, 1 light Rook, 1 light Knight, 1 light Bishop, and 1 light King.

The modern game of #chess we play in the United States was not introduced to #China until the 19th century. This is an example of a 19th century stained Chinese chess set. The set is made of delicately carved #ivory on rounded pedestal bases. Half of the set is stained red.

The modern game of we play in the United States was not introduced to until the century. This is an example of a century stained Chinese chess set. The set is made of delicately carved on rounded pedestal bases. Half of the set is stained red.

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