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PhillyHistory.org is proud to announce the addition of over 1,500 photographs from the collection of the Philadelphia Water Department. Depicting filter plants, reservoirs, pipelines, and other aspects of the city’s water infrastructure, this collection of historic photographs provides a unique visual history of the construction of Philadelphia’s water system. The staff of the Philadelphia Water Department has carefully reviewed and combed through thousands of photographs to select some of the most fascinating and stunning images for inclusion on PhillyHistory.org. From photos of the construction of a filter plant in 1901 to images of men digging a pipeline in 1904, the collection of the Philadelphia Water Department shows the hard work and dedication that have gone into providing the city with clean water for over one hundred years.
With the photos added from the Philadelphia Water Department,
PhillyHistory.org now features four different collections of historic
maps and photographs- Department of Records Archives, Free Library Historic
Maps, Department of Records Property Maps, and Philadelphia Water Department
Photographs. A different colored watermark with the name of the institution
has been created for each collection, making it easy to recognize the
images that are part of that collection. A brand new "Collections"
pull-down menu search tool has been added in the list of search options
on the site to make it very simple to locate items by their collection.
It’s been a busy few months at PhillyHistory.org. Along with adding hundreds of photographs from the Philadelphia Water Department, we also made over 5,000 historic maps available on the website. While the 57,000 photographs on PhillyHistory.org provide beautiful images of Philadelphia, maps are another great resource for remembering the past and learning about the city’s history.
Hexamer & Locher Plate 13B- Franklin Square, 1860.
The 5,000 maps come from two separate
collections. PhillyHistory.org features a volume of the historical
Hexamer & Locher maps courtesy of the Free
Library of Philadelphia and the digital scanning center at the Philadelphia
Athenaeum. These maps date from 1858, 1859, and 1860, and cover certain
parts of the city. The other collection contains over 4,800 parcel maps
from the City
of Philadelphia Department of Records. Each map shows several square
blocks and the full collection covers much of Philadelphia. More information
about the maps can be accessed through links located on the detail page
of each map, to ParcelExplorer,
the Department of Records' online application that enables users to find
detailed information about real estate parcels in the city, and to the
Philadelphia GeoHistory Network.
The maps can be searched using the
same search criteria as the photographs. In fact, you can actually search
for both photos and maps at the same time. On the search page, set your
search criteria and then click the grey search button. The results page
will contain both maps and photos that fit your criteria.
To view any maps resulting from your search, simply click on the ‘Maps’
tab located above the thumbnail images. The maps follow traditional map
orientation with north located at the top of the image. Visit PhillyHistory.org
and discover an entire new way to investigate the history of Philadelphia!
This award recognizes an individual
or organization that has made a significant contribution to the preservation
of our built environment. The Historic Preservation Committee of AIA Philadelphia
says: The City Archives have long been the first stop for architects
and preservationists documenting the precise history of both important
landmarks and vernacular building. With PhillyHistory.org, this
resource is now easier to use and more accessible to the general public.
For other images, however, there is just not a lot of information to be found. In those cases, we include the data that we do know and hope that some eagle-eyed PhillyHistory.org users might be able to figure out the location or even the subject of the image. On the detail view page for each photo is an option to submit an error report. If you ever see a photo and think you might know some info about it or the location it depicts, just click on that error report link, which will send a message straight to the PhillyHistory.org staff working at the archives. It is a great feature to ensure we have the most accurate information possible.
Sometimes, though, we’re just stumped.
We know the above photo was taken
in 1890 as a glass plate negative and has the title of “Sports” but that’s
all the information we have. So we're looking for a bit of help. What
do you think? Are they playing tennis? Baseball? In 1890, what location
near Philadelphia would have hills and houses like that? Was the photo
even taken in Philadelphia? And how exactly did they run around in those
dresses? If you have any ideas, let us know at email@example.com.
With the ability to search for photos of dozens of neighborhoods in Philadelphia, it is completely understandable that some neighborhoods might not be searched quite as often as they deserve. So to showcase the beautiful photographs and remarkable buildings in two neighborhoods worthy of a bit more attention, this month’s “Your Neighborhood in Photographs” brings you historic images of West Poplar and West Powelton.
Have a Question?
With over 59,000 photographs, dozens of blog entries, an entire Fine Art Collection, and a website full of special features, PhillyHistory.org contains a wealth of information. Now we're looking for some information from you! The PhillyHistory.org team is putting out a "Call for Questions." Do you have a question about a certain photograph? Are you wondering about how we geocode or map the location of certain photos? Are you curious about information in a blog entry? Do you have the perfect suggestion for a new feature? Let us know! As we continuously revise, expand, and add more photographs to the website, we want to ensure that PhillyHistory.org remains a location where people find the answers to their inquiries, the solutions to their history mysteries, and the perfect refresher for their memories. We welcome your questions and comments at all times. So when you get a chance, send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, introduce yourself, and tell us what YOU would like to know!
Thanks to the addition of photographs from the
Department, PhillyHistory.org now features four different collections
of photographs and maps. With that many collections, it seemed like a
great time to add a feature that enables users to search
for items by collection. In the list of search options, click
on the “Collections” button and select the collections from which you
would like to view photographs and maps. It’s another great way to search
the database and find the exact images you want!
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