A bicycle repairman by trade, Philander Barclay was a passionate amateur photographer and self-styled village historian. In 1902 he began photographing buildings, street scenes, railroads, and, sometimes' people. Below are some examples of Barclay's work. Hundreds more Barclay photos can be viewed at the Oak Park River Forest Museum.
(PLEASE NOTE: Oak Park River Forest Museum logo watermark on these photos will not appear on any prints ordered.)

The Bowman Dairy, River Forest

The Bowman Dairy, River Forest

Franz Meyer Piano Factory, 1903

Franz Meyer Piano Factory, 1903

H. M. Newcomb Grocery, Ridgeland & Chicago Ave., 1903

H. M. Newcomb Grocery, Ridgeland & Chicago Ave., 1903

Northside School, Kenilworth & Chicago Ave., Oak Park, 1903

Northside School, Kenilworth & Chicago Ave., Oak Park, 1903

N J Rech Tin & Hardware, c. 1902

N J Rech Tin & Hardware, c. 1902

Fire crew in front of Cicero Firehouse #2

Fire crew in front of Cicero Firehouse #2

Cicero Firehouse @2, 1902

Cicero Firehouse @2, 1902

F. J. McNish House, 5 Elizabeth Ct., Oak Park, c. 1903

F. J. McNish House, 5 Elizabeth Ct., Oak Park, c. 1903

E. H. Pitkin House, 234 N. East Ave., Oak Park, c. 1903

E. H. Pitkin House, 234 N. East Ave., Oak Park, c. 1903

Michael Carter House, 534 N. East Ave., Oak Park, c. 1903

Michael Carter House, 534 N. East Ave., Oak Park, c. 1903

C. G. Page House, 837 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park, c. 1903

C. G. Page House, 837 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park, c. 1903

C. K. McFadden House, 611 N. Scoville, Oak Park, c. 1903

C. K. McFadden House, 611 N. Scoville, Oak Park, c. 1903

W. G. Fricke House, 640 N. Scoville, Oak Park, c. 1902

W. G. Fricke House, 640 N. Scoville, Oak Park, c. 1902

F. W. Thomas House, 310 Forest Ave., Oak Park, c. 1903

F. W. Thomas House, 310 Forest Ave., Oak Park, c. 1903

Arthur Heurtley House, 518 Forest, Oak Park, c. 1903

Arthur Heurtley House, 518 Forest, Oak Park, c. 1903

Inside Philader Barcaly's Bicycle Repair Shop, c. 1902

Inside Philader Barcaly's Bicycle Repair Shop, c. 1902

W. S. Johnston House, Harlem Ave., Oak Park

W. S. Johnston House, Harlem Ave., Oak Park

Johnston Carriage & Wagon Shop, 112 Harlem Ave., c. 1903

Johnston Carriage & Wagon Shop, 112 Harlem Ave., c. 1903

Cummings Square, northwest corner of Lake St. & Harlem Ave., River Forest, c. a902

Cummings Square, northwest corner of Lake St. & Harlem Ave., River Forest, c. a902

Harlem Avenue, looking south from Lake Street, 1902

Harlem Avenue, looking south from Lake Street, 1902