Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Germantown Cricket Club

Hidden behind a high brick wall stands a forgotten masterpiece of American architecture, designed by the same firm responsible for New York’s Pennsylvania Station and the Boston Public Library. The Germantown Cricket Club, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the few surviving structures in Philadelphia designed by McKim Mead & White. It is a […]
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The Centennial Effect: When Photography Replaces Memory

The Centennial Photographic Company’s Studio and Employees. The Centennial Photographic Company, 1876. On America’s 97th birthday an army of workers put up three miles of fencing around a tract in West Fairmount Park. By the time the 100th birthday rolled around, these  fields, swamps and ravines had been transformed into a polychromatic city of 249 […]
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The Wrong Side of the Tracks

by Steven B. Ujifusa In the spring of 1921, a young man named John J. McCloy returned to his hometown of Philadelphia, eager to start his law career.  A poor boy who had grown up in a small house at 20th and Brown streets, he had just completed Harvard Law School, graduating at the top […]
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A Holdout from the Heyday of the American Daguerreotype

View of the south side of Chestnut Street between 6th and 7th Streets showing the daguerreotype studio of McClees & Germon in 1855. Philadelphia in the 1850s was much about giving and getting face time. You couldn’t take more than a few steps on Chestnut Street without bumping into a choice of daguerreotype studios. The […]
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