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Okay, as promised, here are the answers to part one of our "Name That Location" quiz, based on photos from the Jacob Stelman collection of old Philadelphia commercial photographs, on view at the Athenaeum:

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The John Ellis and Bros. Coffees and Teas building was in fact located at 9 South 16th Street, the current site of the west building of Centre Square. You'll note that I have not quite solved the challenge of capturing today's site and its verticality quite as well as Stelman did the Coffee Building on a more modest scale. I tried, BTW, to include the old Girard Trust Bank Building (seen on the upper left of Stelman's photo) which is now the Ritz Carlton Hotel.


The Eisenhower headquarters building is currently the site of Holt's cigars at 1522 Walnut Street, directly across from Le Bec Fin. I still haven't determined the name of the restaurant Stelman was perched in front of as he snapped this shot. I was hoping to include my image in the window of Holt's the way Stelman did, but to no avail.


The Arrow Clothing Store was located in the Reading Terminal, now the site of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (We cheated and cropped off the left side of the Stelman photo, which would have given its location away).


Bond Bread store stood on the east corner of 15th and Ranstead Streets, currently the site of the snazzy new Residences at the Ritz Carlton. The new structure is gleaming and handsome, but there's just something about a building topped by a giant loaf of bread...


Believe it or not, Dewey's Famous stood at the intersection of 17th and Walnut Streets, today one of Philadelphia's toniest intersections. The old photo still somehow looks like the boardwalk to me.


This photo is no doubt recognizable to anyone 35 years old or over: it's 17th and JFK Boulevard, now the home of Philadelphia's tallest tower, the Comcast Center. Again, a difficult task to match the verticality of today's intersection with the horizontal nature of the old photo. You see a sliver of the old Transportation Building on the left, and Suburban Station on the right. And the old name of JFK Boulevard: Pennsylvania Boulevard, which was renamed after President Kennedy's assassination.

And our winner: a gentleman who identified himself merely as "Another Ed." He was pretty close on all of them, except for the Dewey's Famous, which he placed at Broad and Race. Kudos to Ed for noticing the Snellenburg's reflection in the Arrow Store sign, and for remembering Pennsylvania Boulevard. Ed will receive an Ed Cunningham documentary three-pack. I know, I promised to post part two of "Name That Location" this week, but I'm a little backed up. I promise to get to that soon.

(and win a great prize!)

Philadelphia's Athenaeum, located at 219 South Sixth Street, is currently running a terrific exhibition: Jacob Stelman: Architectural Photography 1936-1970. Stelman was a brilliant photographer who captured the ever-changing commercial face of Philadelphia. Most of the images are of Center City, but a sizable representation of neighborhoods is also included. This free exhibition closes on November 7th, so hurry on over. More information at www.philaathenaeum.org.

Anyway, I thought I'd test your knowledge of bygone Philadelphia with the following quiz: I'll post six of the decades-old images, and ask you to tell me the locations. Next week, I'll be back with the answers, consisting of my poor photographic representations of the same sites. Winner or winners will receive an Ed Cunningham documentary prize pack. I'll also have another six-part quiz at that time.

Use the "Suggestion Box" on the left side of the page to submit all of your answers.

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Let's start with my personal favorite: John Ellis and Bro. Coffees and Teas. This 1945 photo illustrates how playful our local architecture could be in those days, with a building crowned by a coffee/tea pot of either stone or metal, not sure which. You can take a hint of the location from the surrounding buildings, some of which are still there.


Here's a shot of the local "Eisenhower for President" headquarters, dating from 1952. I like this one for its sign about Ike getting the Republican nod on the first ballot. And if you can zoom in enough, you'll see the image of the photographer, presumably Stelman, across the street in front of a restaurant. Possible tie-breaker: can you identify the restaurant from its partially-readable, reversed name? Click here to see a much larger version »


This is the oldest one I've chosen, from 1939, of the Arrow clothing store. We've taken the liberty of cropping the left side of the image, which would give the answer away. But the brick work above the store sign may help you.


Talk about playful - how many stores these days use that kind of neon to advertise a loaf of bread? In fact, how many bread stores are there? It's a prime Center City location, circa. 1945. And do they still make Bond Bread?


When I first saw this vintage 1940 image, I thought it was on the Atlantic City boardwalk. But this Dewey's Famous is actually situated at another prime Center City location. Love the gent in the head-to-toe white duds, not to mention the 10-cent malted milk with ice cream!


The location should be a lot easier to identify from this 1961 Stelman shot of the Sheraton Hotel, simply because it's the newest in the bunch. But note: if you can provide the original name of one of the intersected streets, it could be another tie-breaker.

Check back next week for the answers and another six location brain twizzlers, including one we don't even know ourselves!

Who's That Lady?

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150 years ago, horse power meant literally that, and it was tough work for our four-legged friends. Check out the last existing equine filling station in Olde City, and learn the identity of "The Lady" who made it possible.

Our First World Series Champions

No, it wasn't the Phillies of 1915 or 1950; those pennant winners lost to the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees respectively. The Fightins' had to wait until 1980 for their first taste of World Series glory.

Connie Mack's Athletics (or simply, A's) were eight-time American League pennant winners before leaving for Kansas City after the 1954 season. And five of those years brought world-series championships: 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, and 1930. In fact, some baseball historians consider those last two squads to be the finest baseball team ever, eclipsing even the mighty Yankees of Ruth and Gehrig.

Anyway, I was perusing the Library of Congress website recently, and ran across a collection of "panoramic photos" of several early A's games, including this wide-screen gem from that initial 1910 championship. It's Game Two of the fall classic, pitting the A's and the Chicago Cubs at Shibe Park. The A's won that game handily, 9-3, on their way to a five-game dismantling of the Cubbies.

Let's take a closer look at the scene inside the park, later to be re-named Connie Mack Stadium.

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All in all, this image reminds us that Shibe Park was a pretty nice place to catch a ball game, a stadium that inspired the current retro-parks, of which Citizens' Bank Park is a notable example.

Go Phillies!

Look Up!

Jewelers' Row Secrets

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When you walk around an old town like Philly, don't keep your head down. Sometimes when you look up, you'll notice how a building is completely transformed above the first floor. Ed's calling this occasional feature "Look Up!" starting with a visit to Jewelers' Row.

Fairmount Park Curiosities

Fairmount Fountains

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If you've ever wondered what that large group of heroic sculptures near the Mann Music Center is all about, Ed has the scoop.

The Whispering Wall

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In addition to trees, streams and flowers, Philadelphia's Fairmount Park features a host of man-made touches, many of them very quirky. In the first of a series of visits to the nation's largest urban park system, Ed discovers the secret of an amazing touch of magic near Memorial Hall.

Here's a link for more information on Fairmount Park's calendar of events and places of interest: www.fairmountpark.org

The Civil War Museum Packs Up

Packing up Old Baldy
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Ed has been periodically following the move of Philadelphia's Civil War Museum from Pine Street to a new home. Here, the most sensitive part of the move: preparing Old Baldy, the stuffed head of General Meade's warhorse, for storage at an undisclosed location.
UPDATE: For information about new obstacles facing the Civil War Museum's move, go to WHYY.org/news and search for "Civil War."

Museum on the move
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Philadelphia is seen primarily as a Revolutionary War capital. But its contributions to the Civil War effort were also notable. That's the focus of the Civil War and Undeground Railroad Museum, housed quietly in a Pine Street rowhouse for nearly a century. But that's all changing, as the musuem is moving to more visible headquarters in Olde City. We'll follow the process for the next two years, beginning with this look at the packing process, including plans for Old Baldy (pictured), the mounted head of General Meade's warhorse.

Computer Quiz

It's multiple choice quiz time here at ECP. If I were to ask you to identify the home of the world's first general-purpose electronic computer, what would be your guess?

  • Silicon Valley, California
  • Route 128 near Boston
  • Philadelphia

Okay, time's up. To find out the answer highlight the black rectangle below with your cursor.

3 - Philadelphia

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We Have A Winner!

Out of all the guessers in our "What's Wrong With This Picture?" contest, ten entrants guessed correctly that the completed Comcast Tower is missing. We put those ten correct entries into my well-worn baseball cap, and plucked out the lucky winner:

Jenna O'Rourke

Congratulations, Jenna. You are the winner of our Ed Cunningham DVD prize pack, consisting of The Philly Food Show, Things That Aren't There Anymore, More Things That Aren't There Anymore, and Philly's Favorite Kids Show Hosts, which will arrive at your door in a WHYY eco-friendly grocery bag.

Congratulations, Jenna!

What's Wrong With This Picture?

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Thanks for playing, and be sure to join us for the next exciting edition of "What's Wrong With This Picture?..."

Comcast Tower III
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The latest update on the progress of the Comcast Center, Philadelphia's soon-to-be-tallest office tower. This feature updates the construction to autumn, 2006.

-Comcast Tower II
-The Tower Rises

Franklin Square
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For decades, Franklin Square, one of William Penn's original five squares of greenery for Philadelphia, sat neglected and forgotten on the northern edge of Old City. Now, a group called Once Upon a Nation has decided to do something about it, and the result is a fun, revitalized Franklin Square.

Comcast Tower II
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What is that giant concrete structure rising on the Comcast Tower site? We find that out and more as we continue to chart the progress of Philadelphia's newest and tallest skyscraper.

Previously — The Tower Rises

Siegmund Lubin
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So, just who was the first movie mogul — Sam Goldwyn, Adolph Zukor? Try again. Starting in the first years of the 20th century, Siegmund "Pop" Lubin made pioneering short subjects and full-length features, right here in Philadelphia. Learn how he did it, and why his filmmaking career was short-lived.

Learn more about "The King of the Movies" at historian Joseph Eckhardt's site.

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Scrapple is the quintessential Philadelphia comfort food (along with cheesesteaks), tracing its origins to the Pennsylvania Dutch. But there are dark rumors about what parts of the pig find their way into this "Philadelphia pate." Ed calls on master chef Jim Coleman to clear up the suspicions, and to show you how to whip up a batch of scrapple yourself.

Learn more about Jim's restaurant online. Listen for Jim Coleman on A Chef's Table, every Saturday at noon on WHYY, 91FM and watch for him on Flavors of America, every Saturday at 1:00 pm on WHYY, TV12.

The Cira Centre
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Philadelphia's first completed office tower in fifteen years isn't technically in Center City. The 28-story Cira Centre stands adjacent to 30th Street Station and is a real stunner. Its location, glass facade and asymmetrical form offer different faces and moods from wherever you see it. A brief video essay takes a look at some of those different angles.

The Tower Rises
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After a long period of no growth, Philadelphia's skyline is stirring once again, with a number of high-rise residential and office towers underway or on the boards.

The tallest of all will be the 975-foot Comcast Center, ultimately rising past One Liberty Place. Ed Cunningham will follow the two-year progress of the building's construction, from foundation to opening day.

In this first visit to the site, we see the 11-hour, overnight pouring of the concrete for the tower's base, 44 feet below ground level.

Skyscraper Trivia Quiz:

What was the first skyscraper built in the United States?
A. Empire State Building, New York City
B. Wainwright Building, St. Louis
C. Home Insurance Building, Chicago, IL
D. Woolworth Building, New York City