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The Library Company Joins PhillyHistory.org: Discover Philadelphia in the 1850s
Visitors to PhillyHistory.org will now have the chance to view amazing photographs of Philadelphia in the 1850s and 1860s. Thanks to a collaboration with the Library Company of Philadelphia, images of the streets, buildings, and people of mid-nineteenth century Philadelphia are now available to view, purchase, and share on PhillyHistory.org.
Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library with vast collections of materials relating to American history and culture in the 17th through 19th centuries. Among these materials are several collections of photographs dating to the mid-1800s. Three of these collections the James McClees Philadelphia Photograph Collection, the Frederick De Bourg Richards Photograph Collection, and the Montgomery P. Simons Philadelphia Stereograph Collection are now available on PhillyHistory.org.
Among these two hundred images taken just decades after the invention of photography are photographs depicting a Civil War recruiting camp outside Independence Hall, the ruins of the northeast corner of 6th and Market Streets after an 1856 fire, and the Western Exchange Hotel at 15th and Market, which was then the western end of many omnibus lines. By including these images on PhillyHistory.org, the PhillyHistory and Library Company teams hope to introduce the photographs to new audiences and make the images available via your smart phone. Each image is linked to a full record in the Library Companys online image catalog where more information and other image collections are available.
These three collections mark just the beginning of the collaboration between the Library Company and the Department of Records as the Library Company hopes to upload more image collections to PhillyHistory.org in the near future. The Library Company of Philadelphia is also the first non-government organization joining the PhillyHistory consortium. It is our hope there will be many more to come. The consortium is now the home of 10 collections from 5 Philadelphia organizations.
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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. Here we'll give you a glimpse into who helps keep PhillyHistory.org running. This month, say hello to Leslie, Timothy, and Hillary, our 2010 PhillyHistory.org interns!
do you do on PhillyHistory.org?
Are there any great pieces of Philadelphia history that you've learned from working on PhillyHistory?
Hillary: I didn't know that there used to be an aquarium at the Fairmount Water Works, so learning about that was pretty neat.
Leslie: In North Philadelphia, at the corner of Broad Street and Lehigh Street, once stood the first modern baseball stadium. It was built in 1887 and demolished in 1950. Driving past this location today, you would have no idea that this was once the site of Philadelphia's first stadium.
Timothy: Most of Philly's natural creeks were used as sewers until the late-19th century. When people realized that the creeks had become disgusting cesspools, the city simply laid pipes in these creeks and called them our new sewers.
What's one of your favorite PhillyHistory photos?
Leslie: Aerial photography has always been fascinating to me and this one of the Ritz Carlton Building was taken in 1914. This photograph reminds me a bit of Berenice Abbott's Night View of New York (1932).
I have a lot of favorite photos. My most recent favorite is Civil
Defense Sign-West Side-Roosevelt Boulevard, 1951.
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Planes, Parades, and Presidents: Discover Photos from the New Collection from the Office of the City Representative
The PhillyHistory.org team is excited to announce the addition of historic photographs from the collection of the City of Philadelphia Office of the City Representative. Featuring images of everything from planes (a Spirit of St. Louis reproduction arriving at Northeast airport) to parades (Mummers marching near City Hall) to presidents (President John F. Kennedy speaking at Independence Hall), these exciting images capture historic events in our city and countrys history.
For decades, the City of Philadelphia Office of the City Representative has developed and promoted events throughout the city. Over the course of their history, they have taken thousands of photographs documenting everything from parades and festivities to visits by political dignitaries and celebrities to activities at local recreation centers. Unseen for years, these images are being made available to the general public on PhillyHistory.org where they can be purchased, shared with friends, downloaded to Google Earth, and accessed via your smart phone.
While the full collection of images numbers in the tens of thousands, over 500 images are already available on PhillyHistory.org. Over the next few months, the PhillyHistory.org team will be hard at work cataloging, numbering, and scanning hundreds of additional images. Check back often to see new photographs from the amazing collection of the Office of the City Representative.
We're Scanning Again!
Its been a busy few months at PhillyHistory. In addition to the great images from the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Office of the City Representative, we are excited to announce that we are once again adding images from the City Archives collections to PhillyHistory.org. Thanks to the work of our diligent interns, we will be creating records on PhillyHistory.org and uploading new photographs throughout the summer and fall months. Visit PhillyHistory.org now to check out the over 7,600 new images added since May!
So what type of images can you expect to see? We are currently working on a collection of photographs that were taken in the early 1960s and belong to the Water and Streets record group. Many of these images depict construction projects including the laying of water and sewer pipes. While documenting these projects, the photographers also captured fascinating images of residential neighborhoods, the construction of new housing developments, and the life of the community. There are even a few images of festive sanitation parades and local softball teams. Quite a few of the images were taken in Far Northeast Philadelphia although all sections of the city are represented.
For the next few months, we will be digitally preserving these images and organizing the physical negatives in new archival quality envelopes and boxes. Images will be added to PhillyHistory.org several times a week. For more information on how we preserve these images, check out our Behind the Scenes page on PhillyHistory.org.
New Life for Old Images
love hearing about all the ways that people use PhillyHistory.org
photographs. Many PhillyHistory users purchase prints of images
to give as gifts or to decorate their houses. Others share images on Facebook
or Twitter, comment on the PhillyHistory
Flickr account, or send photos to friends and family via email. Thanks
to all of you for helping to spread the word about the images you love.
These projects and others like them show the many ways that PhillyHistory.org photos can be used to show the history of our city. How have you used PhillyHistory images? Let us know at email@example.com.
Do You Want to Make the Site Better? Let Us Know What You Think.
Several months ago, we conducted a survey to gather feedback from PhillyHistory.org users and learn more about what new features people wanted to see on the website. Overwhelmingly, the survey responses called for the addition of more photographs! Were happy to report that weve begun scanning images again and will continue adding new photos throughout the fall. Thank you to the hundreds of supporters who took the winter survey. The site would not be the same without your feedback.
that weve implemented some of the suggestions from the first survey,
wed like to gather some additional information. What is PhillyHistory.org
doing well? Where can we improve? What would you like to see changed on
Is there a PhillyHistory.org photo that you've always wanted? Take the survey by September 6 and have a chance to win an 8x10 print of the photo of your choice! To show our appreciation for your support of PhillyHistory.org, we are offering a free 8x10 print of a PhillyHistory.org photo to one randomly selected individual who submits a survey response.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, and thank you for your participation and support!