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Market Street: 1910

Market Street: 1910

Philadelphia City Hall ca. 1910. "Market St. west from 12th." An embarrassment of riches for you signage buffs. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.


Pile in road?

Is that a pile of ROAD OYSTERS just behind woman crossing road? They must have employeed an army of street sweepers to gather the horse droppings.

[Excavation rubble. - tterrace]


I love the gaggle of young men in the right hand corner eyeing the approaching woman in absolute synch. Such a great capture.

Broadly speaking

This is indeed Market Street and not Broad. Thanks to the eagle-eyed commenters who spotted the error.


Below is the same view (Market Street, west from 12th Street) from July of 2006.

Rent A Desk

The sign bragging "Desk Room For Rent", is really renting the address of the building. I knew a guy, a lawyer, who did just that, in Manhattan he used 505 5th Avenue as his address, he had no office there, but rented a "desk". He went there only to pick up his mail. He met his clients at their homes or businesses. He scored a few lucrative accident verdicts and eventually rented an office in another 5th Avenue building.

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