Dog Days of Philadelphia

The majority of PhillyHistory.org photographs come from City of Philadelphia employees who were just doing their daily job to document the city, construction sites, and events. However, and luckily for us, they often captured the daily life of Philadelphia citizens. For the purpose of this blog entry and in honor of us being in the midst of the dog days of summer, we’ll focus on the furry, four-legged citizens. Here are a few times that dogs have gotten in the way of city officials. Of course, the leash law wasn’t added to the City of Philadelphia code until 1986 so these dogs were well within their rights to be wandering around their neighborhoods.

 

1957 - Dog in front of alleyway between Van Pelt and 22nd Streets.

1957 – Dog in front of alleyway between Van Pelt and 22nd Streets.

1957 - Dog behind the Manayunk Canal lock tender's house.

1957 – Dog behind the Manayunk Canal lock tender’s house.

1900 - A dog in front of Head House at 2nd and Pine.

1900 – A dog in front of Head House at 2nd and Pine.

1964 - Two girls and a dog on 2nd Street.

1964 – Two girls and a dog on 2nd Street.

1950 - Dog on alert.

1950 – Dog on alert.

1950 - Solly and Bustleton Avenues.

1950 – Solly and Bustleton Avenues.

1950 - A boy and a puppy sit on the curb in the July heat.

1950 – A boy and a puppy sit on the curb in the July heat.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 6, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Hey Nicole! Great pictures! I’m a dog lover myself and I’ve always been amazed at how our pets become so important in our lives – all the way from 1900 until today! It’s refreshing seeing these animals watching over our city neighborhoods. Pets today are required to be leashes for safety reasons. But, looking at these pictures, it’s hard to think that such a furry and friendly animal would be a menace, don’t you think?

    • Nicole Altmann
      Posted August 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      Valerie, it is hard to think that but you can never tell so at least nowadays, it’s better safe than sorry. Luckily, all the dogs featured in the post seem to be happily exploring/getting in the photographer’s way 🙂

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