Archive for January, 2010

(Doc Photo) West Philadelphia Past and Present Photos

2010/01/26

This is a series of ten historical photographs of West Philadelphia. The photos on the left are taken from the City of Philadelphia Department of Records Historical Archive. All of the archived photos were taken before 1950.

42nd St. and Chester Ave. View looking northeast across the intersection. Original photo on the left taken in 1923.

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42nd St. and Chester Ave. View looking northwest across the intersection. Original photo on the left taken in 1923.

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43rd St. and Baltimore Ave. View looking northeast across the intersection. Original photo on the left taken in 1912.

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43rd St. and Baltimore Ave. View looking northeast across the intersection. Original photo on the left taken in 1912.

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43rd St. and Locust St. View looking northeast across the intersection at the Fairfax Hotel. Original photo on the left taken in 1932.

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46th. and Cedar Ave. View looking across Cedar Ave. The original photo was probably damaged by water or possibly not washed properly after fixing. Original photo on the left taken in 1932.

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46th St. andOsage Ave. View looking west across the intersection.Interesting to see this now densely populated part of the neighborhood just before development when utility poles and gas lamps were first being installed. Original photo on the left taken in 1913.

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47th St. and Locust St.Chester Ave. View looking northwest across the intersection. The archived photo was probably printed through an upside-down negative which is why the modern view appears to be a mirror image. Original photo on the left taken in 1912.

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48th St. and Baltimore Ave. View looking south down 48th St. at the intersection with Baltimore Ave. Original photo on the left taken in 1927.

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50th St. and Baltimore Ave. View looking northeast across the intersection towards the park between Catherine St. and Baltimore Ave, now named World War Veterans Park. Original photo on the left taken in 1939.

This was a very interesting project and I only wish I had the time to recreate the images using my 4×5 view camera with a lens that is as old as a few of these original images.

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(Doc Photo) West Philadelphia Past and Present

2010/01/26




A map showing the locations of ten historic photos of West Philadelphia.

Link to google maps:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=106287382894066327901.00047e0815bb2f088d414&ll=39.951102,-75.214612&spn=0.011679,0.021865&z=16