My maternal grandfather worked there, we always had a lot of candy at our house. You forgot the 15 Trolley, which went back to such about 10 years ago. That would be unjust and shortsighted. 7th and Girard looking east, 1968 | Photo: David Wilson, Erie at Broad looking northwest, 1967 | Photo: David Wilson, Looking southeast down Germantown Avenue at Venango, 1966. Note that all these pictures were taken in the 1960s, by which time industry was disappearing all over Philly. Philadelphia residents joined boycotts of British goods. With so many men serving in the military, there had been a labor shortage; businesses and industries hired women and workers from outside the city. Harlow Giles Unger, "Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence," (New York: Da Capo Press, 2019), p. 106, Kenneth R. Foster, et al. » READ MORE: For this writer, Alabama Senate race summons ghosts of Birmingham church bombing, Despite the Black people who had been lynched before he was born, despite drinking from a “colored” water fountain and having to sit in the crowded back of buses even when it was empty up front, Ellis said, somehow, the adults in his community “still made sure they infused us with hope.”, “We lost consideration and consciousness of the things that have sustained Black people since we were put on those [slave] ships," Ellis said. Some sat and awaited their fate: Harper's Magazine commented that "The one thing unforgivable in Philadelphia is to be new, to be different from what has been. [10] The Dutch and Swedes in the area burned the English colonists' buildings. Along with foreign immigration, domestic migration by African Americans from the South led to Philadelphia having the largest black population of a Northern U.S. city in this period. During the 1960 season, Chuck Bednarik is perhaps best known for knocking Frank Gifford of the New York Giants out of football for over eighteen months, considered one of the most famous tackles in NFL history. Many trade unions discriminated against African Americans for years, and they were closed out of some labor advances. I’ve seen these several times, love the images and the memories they bring. [104] Survivors sued the city in civil court and won damages. Penn, sailing in the vanguard, first set foot on American soil at the colony at New Castle, Delaware. Thank you. That reality has never been really understood by our political classes – that maintenance costs money whether you do it or not. My memory is totally shot at 82—I can’t remember the name of the cute lady I met yesterday, but although I moved away in 1975, I remember all the streets…all! I rode the 6, the 52 mostly. Resenting his dismissal by the Dutch West India Company, he brought to the new project the knowledge that the Dutch colony had temporarily abandoned its efforts in the Delaware Valley to focus on the Hudson River valley to the north. He knew the four girls killed at the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963, and his Smithfield neighborhood was bombed so much, they called it “Bombingham.”. [8] It occurred late in the game at Yankee Stadium on November 20. New immigrants from Southeast Asia, and Central and South America have contributed their energy to the city. The city granted the first purchasers land along the Delaware River for their homes. Hidden City and Abandoned America are our masters of neighborhoods frozen in time. [47] The remains of the President's House were found during excavation for a new Liberty Bell Center, leading to archeological work in 2007. R R STATION, GERMANTOWN AVE, BROAD & ERIE ( SUN RAY ) DRUG STORE &( WHITE TOWER ) FOR 5 HAMBURGERS FOR A DOLLAR ! [16], Penn envisioned a city where all people regardless of religion could worship freely and live together. All of this talk about Black Lives Matter and systemic racism. While I have no pictures, I remember my dad, Irv Willig, dropping groceries off to the Catholic War Vets on the north side of Girard, at 30th, from his delicatessen, Paul and Irv’s.They had a small bowling alley for rolling pins and a small bar. The one photo marked looking north on Girard at 7th is actually looking west on Girard at 7th. Although this is not exactly the Philadelphia of the 60’s which I remember, it still produces nostalgia. During the American Revolution, it was the site of the First and Second Continental Congresses. The commissioners bought land from Swedes at the settlement of Wicaco, and from there began to lay out the city toward the north. James Logan arrived in Philadelphia in 1701 as a secretary for William Penn. I took music lessons from Earl Keyser in that store for 3 years. They held power for a while, and used their control of the local militia disseminate their ideology to the working class and to stay in power until the businessmen staged a conservative counterrevolution. Scott, I thought of you as soon as I started reading this -“When people fall for trolleys, they fall hard.”. Faye Anderson, a Philadelphia resident who is known for her website on the history of Philadelphia jazz and her watchdog activism about Black historic spaces, watched the 2020 election process with particular interest. In 1951, Joseph S. Clark was elected as the first Democratic mayor in 80 years. Fantastic collection! Hey great photos!! Wilson’s photos depict a city that in many cases looks little changed from the 1950s–or even the 1940s in certain shots. Many stores over the decades at Castor & Cottman; a new store coming soon in the former Lit’s (now Macy’s in nearby Roosevelt Mall). In 1992, Ed Rendell was elected as the city's first Jewish mayor. Promotions and incentives in the 1990s and the early 21st century have improved the city's image and created a condominium boom in Center City and the surrounding areas that has slowed the population decline. Beginning during the Great Depression, voters changed from traditional support for the Republican Party to increasing support for the Democratic Party of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which has now been predominant in local politics for many decades. It had access to the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, and became an important port in the Thirteen Colonies. Right into the 1970s when I was dating my wife to be we would go to New Jersey for a nice Sunday dinner. Wow! The first major clash occurred in 1978 at the group's Powelton Village headquarters, resulting in the death of a police officer. After years of controversy, it was removed just this morning. It was continuation of a period in which the decline in public transport and the decline in center city were clearly simultaneous. We went ahead and posted them all because, well, there’s nothing like looking at a whole bunch at once to make you feel like you’re there. Your email address will not be published. [106]:195 Vietnamese and other immigrants from Asia have settled in the city, many near the Italian Market area. The city encouraged development projects in University City in West Philadelphia and the area around Temple University in North Philadelphia, it removed the "Chinese Wall" elevated railway, and developed Market Street East around the transportation hub. By 1876, nearly 25,000 African Americans living in Philadelphia, and by 1890 the population was near 40,000. "[59] Several anti-slavery societies had been formed and free blacks, Quakers and other abolitionists operated safe houses associated with the Underground Railroad, but working class and ethnic whites opposed the abolitionist movement. After the American Civil War Philadelphia's government was controlled by a corrupt Republican political machine and by the beginning of the 20th Century Philadelphia was described as "corrupt and contented." By this time, the city had become one of the United States' busiest ports and the country's largest city, with 67,787 people living in Philadelphia and its contiguous suburbs. After the American Civil War, city government was controlled by the Republican Party; it established a political machine that gained power through patronage. “The lesson learned from Florida is to count every vote,” Anderson said. In April 1968, following the assassination of Dr. King, Rizzo issued a heavy-handed state of emergency, making gatherings of 12 people or more illegal. The risk is economic winners today can retreat even more quickly than in the 1960s. Analyze the America that exists. What about Strawberry Mansion? [27], In the first half the 18th century, like other American cities, Philadelphia was dirty, with garbage and animals littering the streets. [3] Lord Baltimore and the Province of Maryland had circa 1652–53[3] finished waging a decade long declared war against the Susquehannocks and the Dutch,[3] who'd been trading them furs for tools and firearms for some time. Files are available under licenses specified on their description page. Thousands fled north into Pennsylvania and east into New Jersey; Congress moved to Lancaster then to York. The council would be made of ten councilmen elected by district and seven at large. Penn designed a central square at the intersection of Broad and what is now Market Street to be surrounded by public buildings. Political tensions existed between and within the religious groups, which also had national connections. Nutter helped launch Philadelphia's Foreclosure Prevention Program, which seeks to help residents keep their housing and which has been copied by many cities. [9][10], Bednarik was the last player to play the whole game. The Vare brothers, George, Edwin, and William, had created their own organization in South Philadelphia. Although he doesn’t think much as changed, he does see one difference between now and then: a lack of optimism. LOL REALLY UGLY WITH OUT THEM ! Even after the transition some of the trolleys still had the little semi-booth by the exit doors. As writer and producer of the documentary, “Counting on Democracy,” about the 2000 presidential election controversy over Florida recounts, she recognized similar warnings being played out. [53] In addition to its industrial power, Philadelphia was the financial center of the country. [26] The city was plagued by pickpockets and other petty criminals. | Photo: David Wilson, 49th Street at Woodland Avenue, 1967 | Photo: David Wilson, Looking north on 8th St. at Market, 1967 | Photo: David Wilson, Castor and Cottman Avenues, 1967 | Photo: David Wilson, Looking north on 12th at Market St., 1970 | Photo: David Wilson, 6th St. at Susquehanna, 1967 | Photo: David Wilson, 9th and Snyder, 1968 | Photo: David Wilson, 9th St. at Passyunk, 1967.