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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Jefferson Medical College: 1909

Jefferson Medical College: 1909

Philadelphia circa 1909. "Jefferson Medical College and Hospital, 10th Street." Another of Detroit Publishing's hyper-detailed corner views, complete with requisite ghost pedestrian. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Little balconies

What's with those little balconies on the second floor?
They appear to be too small for any practical use.

Canvas tents on rooftop gardens

Any bets as to how long those things lasted on windy days? I've seen winds rip tents like that and blast them 3-4 blocks across a WalMart parking lot. Can you imagine the risk on some rooftop 7-8 stories up?

Different building, still Jefferson

The newer Jefferson Medical College building fronts on Walnut Street at 1010. The building immediately behind it on 10th Street in the Shorpy photo is still there (also part of Jefferson now) as is the second one beyond that (corner of Chestnut Street - The Victory condos now, but occupied by New York Life Insurance Co. in 1909).


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