Take a Look. is a site you want to vist often. It is so interesting you better be prepared to browse around for at least an hour. The site is actually a part of the Philadelphia Department of Records, Archive Division. It is filled with a million images and photographs of places throughout the city. Not just important places but streets, theater’s, bridges, places of everyday life.

These were accumulated over the years by city workers who were taking pictures of violations, improvements, street work, new construction, before and after shots, and some smart person made sure they were not tossed into the trash every ten years or so. This collection dates back to the 1860’s.

So there are some very cool pictures from when photography first became available and even some engravings and drawings from other sources. You can search on the site many different ways. I got some hits on a ‘movie’ search but many more when I searched ‘Theatre’. You can search by street, year, keyword.

Best part is you can purchase a copy of your favorite image for as little as $10., and it can all be done online. My only regret is I will be spending too much time on the site and possibly buying too many photos.

2 Comments so far

  1. Richard Horwitz (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

    Looking for old Phila. neighborhood of 1930’s-

  2. Joe S (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    Hi Richard,
    Which neighborhood?

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