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Look Up!

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In the latest installment of Ed's occasional series, we turn our attention to the corner of Chestnut and Juniper Streets in Center City Philadelphia. The ground floor is a standard-issue discount store, but look up, and you discover a Victorian fairyland.


The Fingerspan

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Put on your walking shoes, and join Ed for as he visits a Fairmount Park pedestrian bridge that doubles as body art.

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For more information on The Fingerspan contact the Fairmount Park Art Association at from fpaa.org.

Heavy Snow

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Those back to back blizzards on February 6th and 10th piled up nearly four feet of snow in the region. But just how much does all that white stuff weigh? Ed wants you to know...

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For more information on water content in the recent blizzards, check this out from NOAA.


Time's up. Here are the answers to part two of ECP's "Name that Location" quiz, based on photos from the Jacob Stelman collection at the Athenaeum:

Click on the images below to see what they look like today.


Yes, Pep Boys is a ubiquitous presence on the local landscape, which makes this 1945 photo tough to identify. It stood at the northwest corner of Broad and Buttonwood Streets. As you can see from my poor follow-up photo, the site today is flanked by the State Office Building on the right, and the School District of Philadelphia building on the left (formerly the Inquirer's printing plant).


Dr. Algase hung up his dentist drills a long time ago. His 19th-century vintage Algase Building sat at 901 Market Street, currently the site of The Gallery.


Cobblestones, a side alley with an old car, and what looks like a rainy day combine to present another old-timey look to this Stelman image of Kelly's Oyster House. It was located at 12 North 9th Street, just north of the Algase Building, offering me another Gallery angle to shoot. I guess back in 1959 those full-course dinners starting at $1.35, and lobster feasts for $3.25 were the norm!


This 1954 photo of the Viking Theatre, on the southeast corner of 19th and Chestnut Streets, caught it at the beginning of the second phase of its life. It opened in 1921 as the Aldine, predating the nearby Boyd by seven years. In the 1960s, it was known as Cinema 19, and finally as the twin Sam's Place. Today, pharmaceuticals have trumped Hollywood, giving Center City yet another drug store. (And just what will become of the Boyd?)


This 1947 image of the old Broad Street Trust Company shows one of its prime Center City locations at... if you said Broad Street, think again. It's actually the southwest corner of 15th and Market Streets, site of today's Centre Square, Clothespin and all. (And if I say so myself, it's one of my better shots.)


From a taste of Polynesia in 1961, today we have the corporate look at City Avenue and Monument Road. And of course, that was the old Marriott Hotel in the background of the site. Think that wasn't a cool place to be back way back when? Well, I can remember having a bite with my fiancé there in the early 70s, only to look up and see Muhammad Ali enjoying a meal in a nearby booth. Ah, those were the days...

7 (Extra Credit)

Alas, no one has been able to help with the location of that beautiful Linton's shot that Jacob Stelman got. If you do, let me know, and you'll get a nice prize...

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