In History - Then and Now

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    #31 Phillyxpat, Sep 20, 2016
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    Rye Whiskey Warehouse - Bent 112 Frankford Elevated – Westside N Front Street Below Girard Ave - 1905 / Present

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    E J Korvette - Roosevelt Blvd. and Welsh Rd. - 1959 / 1962 / Beyond


    Inquirer 25 Oct 1959

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    Inquirer 30 Oct 1959

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    Lightning Strikes Diana of the Fairmount Water Works - 1900


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    Library Company of Philadelphia 1868 - Diana in background of Frederick Graff Memorial photo.


    The now in these photos is not where the Diana of the Wateworks statue ended up but rather how the tradition of a Diana Statue on or about Fairmount Hill was a hundred years old before Diana of the Garden arrived form NYC to become Diana of the Staircase at the PMA.
     
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    have you ever seen the temperance fountain struck by lightning ?
     
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    Have not seen photos of fountain struck by lightning. Can't find any.
     
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    Did dig this up. Anything interesting?


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    Inquirer 31 May 1911


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    Breaking News - Girard College Wall - Inquirer 7 October 1884 - Now

    Have to wonder why this is newsworthy in 1884. Maybe a "Rounding Off" festival in Philly in October is in order to celebrate a minor event of our history?


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    Inquirer 7 October 1884


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    Masonic Home - 3333 N Broad Street - 1885 - 1895 - 1925


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    Inquirer 26 May 1895


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    City of Philadelphia Bromley Map 1910


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    Mason's Home 1925


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    Present - SE Corner Broad and Ontario Streets
     
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    I ran into this illustration of the Masonic Home above, the previous post, in a travel book on Philly published in 1896 which visually is in alignment with the 1900 photo above published in the 1920s. With the middle gap of north and a south dormitory wings filled in with more floor space etc. There is a marvelous amount of detail in the below illustration like with the young trees and sidewalk in front.

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    Which leaves me with questioning the original illustration of the thread from the NY Daily Graphic Newspaper in the 1880s.

    A know that a charity building could be a cash cow to some in terms of construction contracts, I don't see how all that destruction in the middle and rebuilding would have been tolerated both in terms of finance and old fashioned thrift.

    I see the possibility of a major building, rebuilding thing after a fire etc. but can find no such event in newspapers at my disposal.

    Another thing which I won't publish here was an image of, an illustration of the Philadelphia Manual Training School, from the same illustrated NY paper, and it does not match the building close in the photos published of it in near date approximation by a long shot.

    Which leads me to conclude about research with ancient sources. That newspapers definitely make typos and can make up journalism etc. - nothing new there.

    That I cannot complain about what was published in a Newspaper that went out of business some 127 odd years ago.

    I can only guess that maybe, the first image on the previous tread was phoned in and or telegraphed in considering that it was basically a New York paper with only a small local Philly office for sales and distribution. That people in Downtown Philly maybe never bothered to travel all the way north to Ontario on Broad Street in the good old days.

    I think I will say this about illustrations, that I trust any Philly illustration by a local artist, and a great local artist Frank H Taylor, are visual sources I think we can trust. And any illustration like the one above that sources itself from a photo is also probably accurate or not missing major architectural features as in the original Mason Home illustration I posted in the previous post.


     
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    Bought my first grade slacks there at Robert Hall in August 1958. Robert Hall's "Low Overhead, Low Overhead" went the radio and or TV commercial.
     
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    Old Northern Liberties Opera House - 540 North Third Street - Inquirer 11 Nov 1900


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    Saw that too after I posted the above. Old Newspaper article has a lot of lost or forgotten theatre history. Amazing the tales this building can tell. Not much to look at.
     
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    Such a shame that so much of the original theater potions were removed from this building, walked by there so many times as a kid and never knew any of this!
     
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