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Give the gift of history this holiday season! PhillyHistory.org photographs are available for purchase as framed and unframed prints -- as low as $14.95 -- in a variety of sizes and can also be included on a photo gift such as a puzzle, mug, holiday ornament, or greeting card. From December 2 to December 9, take advantage of free standard shipping! Remind a friend or family member of a treasured Philadelphia location or event or capture the spirit of the season with a scene from winters past.
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gorgeous images available. Profits from photo sales are reinvested in
the project to ensure that we can continue to add new features and support
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What are People Saying about PhillyHistory.org? Here's What Some of You Have Told Us!
"What a fun way to look into the past. Thank you for keeping these photos available."
"Thanks again for a wonderful, educational and fascinating website!"
"Thank you. It's a wonderful resource!"
"Your site is AWESOME!"
just wanted to thank you for all the beautiful pictures that you have
on Philly History. I love going back and being about to look at the old
neighborhood and I spend many hours on your website. I really appreciate
all the work that has gone into this project."
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Make PhillyHistory Your Own: Share Your Stories, Opinions or Knowledge about the Photos. Create Your Own Profile Page and Share it With Friends
Since we first launched PhillyHistory.org in 2006, we've received wonderful stories, suggestions, and comments about the historic photographs. PhillyHistory users have found images of the houses where they grew up, the schools they attended, and the libraries and parks they visited. We love hearing these stories and discovering how much the City of Philadelphia and its history mean to people.
While the PhillyHistory.org team gets to enjoy these great comments, we unfortunately didn't have an easy way to share these stories with the larger PhillyHistory community. We are happy to introduce a brand new feature: a public commenting panel. So that now you can share your comments not just with us, but with fellow history lovers!
How do you comment on a PhillyHistory photo? Click on the small thumbnail of an image to open a larger detail page. In the detail page, click on the 'Comments' button above the photo to view all the comments about that photo. If you would like to add your own comment, login to PhillyHistory.org (accounts are free and can be created here) and then click the 'Add New Comment' button. You can also respond to another user's comment by clicking the reply arrow located next to the comment or report abusive comments by clicking the report abuse icon.
But that's not all ... We've created another way for you to interact with other PhillyHistory visitors. You can now share a bit more about yourself and your favorite photos through your own User Profile Page. Each registered user on PhillyHistory.org now automatically gets a Profile Page and you can select what you want to share or not. To view your page, go to the 'Your Account' menu and select 'My Profile'. By default, the profile contains only your user name and comments. You can choose to add more information to your page by clicking the 'Edit My Information' button and changing your account settings. Optional information that can be displayed on your profile page includes your favorite photos, bookmarked searches, and personal information such as a biography, website, or location. To view another user's profile page, click on the user name located next to a comment. If you really like what a user has to say, you can even sign up on their profile page to receive their future comments via an RSS feed.
We hope that the new public commenting and profile pages will spark some great discussions of Philadelphia history and encourage people to share their favorite PhillyHistory images with other visitors. Let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the new Feedback tab located on PhillyHistory!
Use a Big Map to Locate Thousands of PhillyHistory Photos
of everything from street scenes and parks to bridges and houses, PhillyHistory.org
helps showcase the history of neighborhoods around the city, and geography
is at heart of it all. How can I find photos around a particular location?
How did my neighborhood look in 1945? How many historic photos are there
around my grand parents' house? Well... we just made it even easier for
you to find the answers you're looking for.
prefer a search that displays thumbnails instead of browsing a map? No
problem, switching between the original thumbnail view and the new map
view is as easy as clicking a button. Select which search view you would
like to see using the 'Search' button in the top menu or by clicking the
map/thumbnail icon next to the '?' button, on the right side of the page.
Coming Soon! Historic Photos from the Free Library of Philadelphia!
We are excited to announce that historic images from the collections of the Free Library of Philadelphia will be available soon on PhillyHistory.org. In 2008, the City of Philadelphia, Department of Records was one of only four recipients nationally to receive a grant as part of the Advancing Knowledge: IMLS/NEH Digital Partnership grant program. Awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the grant assists with making historically significant collections from the Free Library available on PhillyHistory.org.
have chosen to include images from the Centennial
Exhibition Digital Collection and the Historical
Images of Philadelphia Collection. Photographs from these two Free
Library collections will begin appearing in PhillyHistory.org in
the next few months. Keep an eye out for these spectacular images!
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