Pictures of Philadelphia’s Past


I’ve just fallen in love with a new website, thanks to a story suggestion that Amy left in our online suggestion box. She thought we should check out the photo archive at, a website run by the City Department of Records. You can search by neighborhood or by street address and it will pull up a slew of historical pictures of that area or location. I’ve spent at least an hour playing around there today, when I should have been doing other things. It is a seriously fantastic website.

The building pictured above is still standing, can anyone tell me what it is now?

5 Comments so far

  1. Scott (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

    For some reason that picture makes me want to buy shampoo… I’m not sure why. ;)

  2. Sherri W. (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

    I saw Philadelphia in that very same building, back in 1993. Somehow I don’t think there’s a picture of that in the archives… ;)

  3. Luna (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 8:59 pm

    I second Scott…and neosporin.

  4. Marisa (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 7:44 pm

    You guys have all got it!

  5. Anya (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

    I hate this picture! It’s like re-living slavery. I think it’s a regression for Black people. I think that this is horrible; the whole Black Face thing freaks me out and offends me as an African American

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