Thomas Mellon Galey Photographs

What's online?

The Thomas Mellon Galey online photograph collection primarily contains images from c. 1898 to 1920 depicting early automobiles, drivers, showrooms, and accidents in Pittsburgh region.

What's in the entire collection?

The Thomas Mellon Galey photographs contain photographic prints and glass plate slides that depict motoring, racing, and motor wrecks in Pittsburgh and Florida. The collection also includes photo documentation of early Ford and Nash Motor Company automobiles, auto manufacturing in the early 1940s, and members of the Galey and Mellon families.

About Thomas Mellon Galey

Thomas Mellon Galey played an active role in documenting the early motor car age in Pittsburgh and vicinity. Born in 1884, his name derives from his paternal grandfather's boyhood friendship with Thomas Mellon in Ireland, and later Pittsburgh. Thomas Galey attended Shady Side Academy (ca. 1904) and Princeton University (ca. 1908). Following college, Mr. Galey ventured westward to prospect for oil, which was in great demand following the invention of the automobile.

Before leaving Pittsburgh, Mr. Galey took on the task of documenting motor cars in Pittsburgh and Florida. He collected hundreds of glass photographic negatives and prints between 1900 and 1905. Mr. Galey documented early motor car travels, auto wrecks, and auto racing. Mr. Galey owned the fourth gasoline-powered motor car in Pittsburgh and photographically documented the preceding three.

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