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Take PhillyHistory Home! Now Available: Framed Photos, Mugs, Greeting Cards, and More!
PhillyHistory.org is excited to announce the launch of a brand new online store featuring an expanded line of items available for purchase!
The photographs on PhillyHistory.org can now be purchased framed or unframed, in a variety of print sizes, or included on a souvenir gift such as a mug, tote bag, puzzle or more. In order to make these items available, PhillyHistory.org has partnered with Pictopia, a photo commerce provider that often works with newspapers and libraries, to provide high quality prints of the historic images from the Philadelphia City Archives.
We have often received requests from PhillyHistory.org users who wished to purchase prints of the photographs in larger sizes. In addition to 5x7 and 8x10 prints, we are happy now to be able to offer the photographs in 14, 20, 30 and 40 inch print sizes. Options for framing and matting the prints are also available, with a variety of frame styles and mat colors from which to choose. Your favorite PhillyHistory.org photo can also be placed onto a souvenir gift such as a T-shirt, greeting card, or ornament.
To purchase a photo print or souvenir gift, click on the small thumbnail of any image to open a larger version of the image. Then click the 'purchase' icon (shown left) located above the photo. Options for print size, frame style, and souvenir gifts will then appear in a new window (shown below).
Focus on the PhillyHistory.org Staff
Thanks to the dedicated PhillyHistory.org staff, we keep adding new photos to the website and creating fun features. In this section of the newsletter, we'll give you a glimpse into who helps keep PhillyHistory.org running. This month, say hello to Rachel!
do you do on PhillyHistory.org?
there any great pieces of Philadelphia history that you've learned from
working on PhillyHistory?
one of your favorite PhillyHistory photos?
What are People Saying about PhillyHistory.org? Here's What Some of You Have Told Us!
"Great Job! Keep up the good work."
"PhillyHistory.org has been a favorite of mine since it first went online and it's been fun to watch the site grow in features and of course photos. It really is a modern day treasure for the city."
"I also want to sincerely thank you for finding the pictures of my father's luncheonette. Now I can show my children what it looks like as I have told them so many stories. Thank you again."
"I love your website. It's very interesting to see some of the places, before and after I lived there."
have to tell you how much I love the PhillyHistory site: it's my
default opening homepage and I probably browse the collection a few times
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Tell the World How Much You Love PhillyHistory.org Photos ... We're Now on Flickr!
The PhillyHistory.org team is happy to announce that a select number of images from PhillyHistory.org are now available on Flickr!
a popular online photo sharing website, allows users to upload images
and share those images with the public. With millions of users from around
the world, placing PhillyHistory.org
photos on Flickr provides an opportunity to introduce many new people
to the fantastic collection of images in the PhillyHistory.org
database. Sixty-six photos, including some of the oldest and most popular
images from the City Archives, were hand-picked for inclusion on Flickr.
The images are organized into four thematic sets that provide a visual
history of Philadelphia's neighborhoods, schools, construction and transportation
projects, and public services and celebrations. Each photo is accompanied
by information about the image, the address where it was taken (if available),
and a link to the photograph on PhillyHistory.org.
One of the most exciting features on the new PhillyHistory.org Flickr photostream is the public commenting and tagging function. Since the PhillyHistory project began, we've received some wonderful stories and comments about the photographs from people around the world. Whenever possible, we try to share such feedback through this newsletter and other reports. The new Flickr photostream, however, gives you a chance to immediately comment about the photos, add notes directly to the images, tag the photos with keywords, and respond to comments left by other users. We're hoping this feature will let us and the whole PhillyHistory.org community hear many more wonderful stories and remarks about the photos and what they mean to you.
The PhillyHistory.org photos on Flickr are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyhistory. We encourage people to visit the photostream and add their comments, notes, and tags to the photos!
Philly ... Then and Now. Compare City Views Thanks to Google Street View
You may have noticed some interesting new features in the last couple weeks. We recently released the latest version of PhillyHistory.org which includes a few additions to the website. One of those additions is the inclusion of Google Street View. You may be familiar with Google Street View if you have experience using Google Maps. Google Street View provides street level photographs of cities and neighborhoods around the world. Using Street View on Google Maps, you can take virtual tours of various cities, including large portions of Philadelphia.
View provides a way to see the notable landmarks and general streets of
a city without having to physically travel there. On PhillyHistory.org
we thought that using Street View might be a great way to offer the ability
to compare the historic photographs with a present day view of the same
location. The historic photographs on PhillyHistory are beautiful,
but after looking at them, it's easy to start wondering if a certain building
still exists or how the neighborhood has changed over 50 years. Short
of actually going to the physical location where the photo was taken,
however, it was difficult to view the modern location and contrast it
to the historic photo.
not every Philadelphia street is included in Google Street View, many
streets are available. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to compare past
architecture to the present landscape and learn more of the story of the
city's past. Check out the Street View on PhillyHistory.org, and
let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Slick and Shiny: PhillyHistory.org on your iPhone
excited to announce that PhillyHistory.org
is now accessible via iPhone at http://www.phillyhistory.org/i/
While PhillyHistory.org has been available on mobile phones for
a while, we had not yet developed a web application that enabled the website
to be easily accessed and searched using an iPhone. To solve this problem,
we created an iPhone specific web application that makes PhillyHistory.org
easily accessible to iPhone users.
full maps and geographic search capabilities, PhillyHistory.org
on iPhone provides another great way to access historic photographs of
the city. So if you're walking around Philadelphia and want to know what
an intersection looked like 60 years ago, pull out your iPhone
or cell phone and check out PhillyHistory.org!.
PhillyHistory.org Budget Announcement
Due to cuts in the Department of Records budget, funding for staff time to support the PhillyHistory project will no longer be available as of July 1, 2009. Because of this, we will also no longer be able to publish the PhillyHistory.org newsletter on a regular basis. PhillyHistory.org will continue to be accessible at www.phillyhistory.org, and we encourage you to check out the many beautiful images from the City Archives. Thank you for all your support.