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Read All About Philadelphia's Past in the PhillyHistory.org Blog
The photographs on PhillyHistory.org provide a rich visual history of the City of Philadelphia. As they went about photographing the city, the photographers regularly noted when and where they took the photo and gave a brief description of the image.
the photos tell a story much larger than just what is listed in the short
description. A photograph with the simple title of "Philadelphia
Trades School" actually provides a great illustration of the
many changes occurring to the educational system in the early 1900s. With
a rise in immigration and an increase in urban populations, cities such
as Philadelphia tried to encourage children to attend school rather than
spend long hours working in factories. Trade schools offered an opportunity
to keep people in educational courses while also giving them options for
furthering their career opportunities.
In order to provide additional information about the photos and the stories they tell about our past, PhillyHistory.org began a blog in May 2006. Each month, the PhillyHistory.org team posts several entries that focus on different aspects of Philadelphia history. Using photographs from PhillyHistory.org, the blog has featured entries on everything from the Broad Street railroad station to the Dempsey-Tunney Fight of 1926 to the Jewish Quarter of Philadelphia. Each entry ends with a list of resources that contain additional information about the topic.
So who writes for the PhillyHistory.org blog? Generally, blog entries are written by members of the PhillyHistory team, many of whom are either current or former graduate students in a history-related field. But we feel very fortunate to also count guest bloggers as part of our group of bloggers, such as local historians, genealogists, or doctoral students. Not all of the writers have a specific history background, but they do have a large amount of knowledge in the topic they research and write on, whether it is in the field of urban planning, education, railroads, or something else.
The result is a blog full of beautiful photographs and well-researched information that provides helpful information about Philadelphia's past. With over 80 entries already available and additional entries posted each month, visit the PhillyHistory.org blog to learn something you never knew about the history of our city!
If you have a suggestion for a PhillyHistory.org blog entry or would like to write one, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Carissa!
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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!
"I think your web site is terrific and it is so great that the history of Philadelphia is so easily accessible to everyone."
"Love the site. Please keep up the good work."
husband and I have very much enjoyed looking at these pictures. I
"Found your site to be very interesting, and loved the old pictures."
am thrilled that not only are you all offering the photos to view (a wonderful
thing in itself); but you are actually offering reprints. It is a real
gift to us."
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So Much More than Photographs and Maps! Other Great Historical Resources Available on PhillyHistory.org
We're proud of the 75,000 photos and maps available on PhillyHistory.org. In addition to amazing photos of everything from children dressed as pirates to Amelia Earhart to construction of the Frankford El, however, PhillyHistory.org also includes a number of other resources that can be helpful for learning more about Philadelphia's history or do research on particular historical aspects of the city.
Over the course of its 300-year existence, the street system of Philadelphia has changed many times. Streets have been added, removed, and re-routed. When various municipalities became part of Philadelphia due to the Act of Consolidation in 1854, there were suddenly many streets in the city with duplicate names. To fix this problem and impose some level of standardization, some streets were renamed in 1858. Other streets were renamed in the 1900s to honor locally or nationally significant individuals. The many changes in street names and locations often made it difficult for researchers, students, and historians to understand the exact location of an event or building. For example, a document from the early 1800s may refer to Hanover Street, but a search of a current Philadelphia street map shows that Hanover no longer exists. Where was the street located?
The Department of Records' Historic Streets Index was created to help solve this confusion and provide some answers. This free online index lists changes in street names that were compiled from various ordinances, street indexes, road records, surveys, and other documents held by the Philadelphia City Archives. To use the index, simply type a street name in the 'Street Name' box on the left side of the page and click the 'Find' button. If the street is included in the index, a list of all changes connected to that street name will load. This list usually includes both the old and new name for the street, the year the name change was recorded, the location along the street where the name change applies, and whether or not the street is still in existence. For example, typing in 'Hanover' shows that in 1858 Hanover Street between the Delaware River and Frankford Avenue was changed to the name Columbia Avenue, the name by which it is still known in that location today. A link to the Department of Records Historic Streets Index is available on PhillyHistory.org.
with the Historic Streets Index, PhillyHistory.org contains links
to two other indexes from the Philadelphia Department of Records. The
of Records' Print Index contains an index to the collection of photographic
prints held by the Philadelphia City Archives. The index is searchable
by date and keyword and provides basic information about each print. While
images of the photos are not available through the Print Index, many of
the prints are visible on PhillyHistory.org. The Department
of Records' Descriptive Inventory provides a searchable index of documents
held by the Philadelphia City Archives. While the inventory is still a
work in progress, it gives a great introduction to the collections held
by the City Archives and offers individuals a way to begin their research.
The Philadelphia City Archives contains a wealth of information about the history of the city. While visiting PhillyHistory.org, check out a few of these other amazing resources!
Philadelphia Stories: Yours, Mine, Ours
partnership with the Historical
Society of Pennsylvania, the Department
of Records was excited to display photos from PhillyHistory.org
along side images from the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
in the recent exhibit Philadelphia Stories: Yours, Mine, Ours. The exhibit
was held at the Art Institute of Philadelphia 1622 Chestnut Street gallery
from December 3, 2008 - January 23, 2009. A big thank you to everyone
who came to see these beautiful photographs!
Your Neighborhood in Photographs:
|James Madison School- N. Hancock Street and Green Street - Nov. 6, 1908.||Market House- 2nd Street Above Brown Street - Sept. 18, 1914.|
over 75,000 photographs and maps, 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! 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? Or do you just want to make a comment? 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org,
introduce yourself, and tell us what YOU would like to know!