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When I bought this book, I was doing research on Philadelphia's past for my own pleasure. This book has beautiful black and white postcards of the city's architecture. The history of the city is told in those photographs. The book is quite useful for those of us who have special interests in Philadelphia or in architecture of the past hundreds of years. The book is well-done and would look great on any coffee table. Not only is it a great read but it is great to be looked and enjoyed by any enthusiast.
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. . . that in the year 2015 Amazon, that bellwether of discount booksellers, would be selling new copies of this book for $81.06? It's a Dover book, for goodness sake. I bought my copy for $9.95, which was pricey for Dover products. Ah, the passage of time.
The book itself also portrays history and the passage of time -- in the city of Philadelphia, one of the two or three greatest American cities back when these 215 photographs were taken (1839-1914). I grew up just outside Philadelphia, and I can be pretty provincial about Philly-related matters (especially its sports teams), but I readily concede that the luster and stature of Philadelphia have diminished since the nineteenth century. Thus, this book probably is of interest only to other provincial Philadelphians, and even among them only to those of a certain advanced age.
But for us it is a minor treasure (though for few is it likely to be worth $81.06). Nineteenth-century Philadelphia seemingly comes to life. Tall ships and waterfront warehouses and docks. Neoclassical churches and bank buildings. Covered wagons along streets of dirt; trollies along streets of cobblestones. The Market Street sheds. Seemingly ubiquitous store signs advertising "Wines & Liquors" and almost as many taverns and saloons. Also numerous bookstores. The State House and Independence Square (including one with President-elect Lincoln presiding at a flag-raising ceremony). The La Pierre House ("celebrated as America's most luxurious hotel") and then the Bellevue and Stratford Hotels. John Wanamaker's first store (at the corner of 6th and Market) and the emporia of Lit Brothers, Strawbridge and Clothier, and Gimbel Brothers. The truly grotesque Provident Life and Trust Company building of Frank Furness.Read more ›
Great book, especially if you are from Philly or the surrounding area. Brings back loads of memories from the great department stores in center city. The only problem was a large, deep crease in the upper right hand corner of the book. I contacted Amazon and they are checking their stock as it appears all of the books had the same damage in the corner. As usual, Amazon has WONDERFUL CUSTOMER SERVICE. Highly recommend this book!
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