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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

36th Street Station: 1908

36th Street Station: 1908

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "The Elevated station at 36th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Otto Scheibal

Otto Scheibal was an art shop, hence the portrait oval on his sign. The Barnes Foundation has invoices from the store from 1918 and 1919. The Scheibals themselves lived on 63rd St N & Drexel Road, in West Philadelphia, according to Boyd's Blue Book.

A Scheibal's ad from a yearbook for Haverford College's class of 1915:

Round Oval Square
FRAMES

50 cents up

Also an extensive line of moldings, in
Antique Gold, Circassian and Mahogany
in the most exclusive designs, at
very reasonable prices

OTTO SCHEIBAL

20 North 9th Street
1510 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Photographic Portraiture of Distinction

Ignition needed

Why, on an electrically-powered train, are kerosene lamps used? For ignition in the event of a collision?

Still there, kinda

The Market-Frankford El is still there, and carries a lot of traffic up and down Market Street. These days however there is no 36th Street stop, and the train heads underground at about 44th and Market so any stops lower than that would be as a subway. There is an above ground at 46th, though. Parts of the city still have trolley cars, but none run up the center of Market as in the photo. BTW this neighborhood is not exactly the showcase of the city.

Freihofer's!!!

Still around: http://freihofers.bimbobakeriesusa.com/

However, I've no idea what "Shaker" products they used to sell.

 
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