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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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South Fifth: 1938

South Fifth: 1938

Spring 1938. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cars on South Fifth Street." Medium format nitrate negative by Paul Vanderbilt. View full size.

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On the left is a 1931 Hupmobile and on the right a 1933 Plymouth.

North 5th

Don't know about South 5th, but growing up in Philly in the early 50's, North 5th St was a commercial district. In winter you could buy warmed chestnuts and pretzels from cart vendors while shopping from store to store.

Street Drags

Drag racing at its finest!

Looks Like

The Philadelphia version of Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Wonder if they're goin' for pink slips.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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