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Broad Street: 1907

Broad Street: 1907

Philadelphia circa 1907. "City Hall, Broad Street north from Locust." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Below is the same view from October of 2013.

Digital Clock

The box with the holes in it on the leftmost building.

[We've since learned it's a carriage call. - tterrace]

A Few More Buildings

Here's today's view from the same vantage point, thanks to Google Maps. I love doing these comparisons and seeing what's changed...

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Still a big building.

I believe this shot shows the front of the area shown from the side in the 1907 photo.

The Philadelphia City Hall is the world's second tallest masonry building. It is STILL the largest municipal building in the United States.

The building is topped by an 11.3-m (37 ft), 27-ton bronze statue of city founder William Penn. The observation deck located directly below the base of the statue, approximately 500 ft (152 m) above street level, offers visitors an expansive view of the city and its surroundings.

There appear to have been some significant alterations to the rooftop of the building since the 1907 photo was taken.

Unusual horseless carriage

Those seem to be really small wheels on the car on the far left. I wonder what make it is?

[That's an electric runabout. - Dave]

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