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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.

 

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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]

Subtlety

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.

+96

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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