Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Broad Street Station - Philadelphia - 1890s

Below are drawings on Reading Terminal Train Shed Phila. circa 1893, similar to Broad Street Station's train shed.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

St. Paul's Aramingo - Holy Innocents/St.Paul's Torresdale and Tyson - Philadelphia

Holy Innocents / St. Paul's Episcopal Church - Torresdale and Tyson Phila.  (Bing Maps)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church "Aramingo" – formerly of 3825 Kensington Ave., Phila..

New Organ - 1939

St. Paul's Church began in the Aramingo section of the city. Members of St. Mark's, Frankford, started a Sunday School in what was still mostly farmland. Expansion continued as Aramingo developed its own mills and factories. By 1870, St. Paul's was viable enough to be admitted to convention as a parish. During the Great Depression, St. Paul's gained some fame for its soup kitchen, started by women of the parish.

Both parishes were affected by the demise of manufacturing industries. The Disston family sold its firm in 1954, and operations were moved. The parish declined further in the late 1970's and early 80's. St. Paul's was suffering a similar fate in the 1970's. By 1990, Holy Innocents was struggling to stay alive, and a fire destroyed St. Paul's.

After a period of wandering the urban wilderness, St. Paul's found a new home at Holy Innocents' location. The parishes merged on November 18, 1992, eventually making interior renovations and constructing a new addition, fronting Torresdale Ave., in 1998.

St.Paul’s Aramingo – Church Hall – 1956 – St.Paul’s Church, left of photo


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fred A Thomas Patent 1914 – (Sanitary) Horse Drinking Fountain

(photo source - The National Humane Review – April 1917)
original copyright expired

With a lot of Victorian charity for humane treatment of animals, came a lot of buying and installing drinking fountains for horses in the cities of late nineteenth and early twentieth century America. With this came a new hazard, the spread of disease among animals drinking in these fountains. 

A lot of these stone horse troughs were built by monument makers for cemeteries or granite workers and their businesses – some of these same businesses such as John M. Gessler’s Sons of Philadelphia.

“Glanders is a contagious and fatal disease of horses, donkeys, and mules, and is caused by infection from certain bacterium.”

Once the problem was identified, fountains were closed for a couple summers until a new sanitary method of delivering water came into being, with the flow of street pressured water from the bottom up into individual cups for the horses to drink and the overflow traveling out over the ever filling cup reservoirs going back down drains by gravity.