Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Miscellaneous Philadelphia 1909

Arcade Building 15th and Market

Girard Avenue Bridge - View From Zoo

United Gas Improvement Company Building - Broad and Arch

View From Lemon Hill toward Fairmount Reservoir

U.S. Custom House - Chestnut Street

Delaware Avenue - View from Spruce Street



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Guernsey Colonial Mansion – Huckel Homestead – 4340 Frankford Ave. Phila. – 1919

The Public Ledger - April 1, 1919

The other end of the Lafayette Arch across Frankford Road (Main Street) across from the Worrell House, 4335 Frankford Ave., was the Guernsey Mansion (Dr. Wm. Jefferson Guernsey) at 4340 Frankford Ave. (Link below for Worrell House.) Looking at the 1910 plot map, property structures are not exactly across the road from each other which suggests that the arch reached across more expanded land of properties in 1824, the arch was diagonal across road or arch and commemorative plaque in later days (1912) is an approximation of location of arch.

The American Architect - 1919

Magazine article above is or is not accurate - the eventual Frankford Trust Company building was eventually built on NW corner Frankford Avenue and Unity Street and not at 4340 Frankford Avenue.  

Inscription on missing 1912 bronze plaque as mentioned in above link: 

The Public Ledger - April 1, 1919


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Craxtex Mills - K & V - Kensington and E. Venango Street Philadelphia

”… it was hard work for all of us. And on the hottest days in the summer they turned the heat on to make the looms run better! Dehumidifying the place would have cost too much I guess, and the looms were much more important than mere workers.

“Worked at Craftex Mills one summer in high school. The looms had to be keep working efficiently by keeping the temperature extremely high . It was already hot as Hell but they had the HEAT ON in the steam radiator system. Fuck the workers...keep those shuttlecocks rolling! Also, there were enormous flying roaches all over. Nah! Factories seemed cool from afar, but...inside? No thanks!”

Blumhaven Digest Vol.4 No. 1 October 1960

Photo Images: Google Street Maps