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Philadelphia Icons: 50 Classic Views of the City of Brotherly Love Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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Philadelphia is a city of icons. From its “City of Brotherly Love” motto to the symbols of American democracy, it is replete with images that resonate deeply in the psyche of its citizens, if not the country. And while some of its traditions have been exported far and wide, there is no doubt about what constitutes the “real thing.” Philadelphia Icons illustrates the quintessential symbols that make the City of Brotherly Love fascinating and unique.

Profiled here are fifty classic symbols of this extraordinary city, revealing little-known facts, longtime secrets, and historical legends. From Betsy Ross to the Philadelphia Zoo, here’s the inside story about the very things that give this city its character.

Did you know that the Philly cheesesteak was invented in 1930 by Pasquale “Pat” Olivieri, a hot-dog vendor who went on to dub himself the “King of Steaks”? That Chinatown had its start in 1860, when Lee Fong opened a Chinese laundry at the corner of Ninth and Race Streets? That City Hall, whose exterior is adorned with no less than 250 sculptures, was once called “the most disreputable and disrespected building in Philadelphia”? For Philadelphians and newcomers alike, Philadelphia Icons will be a treasured keepsake of this historic city.

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The Best of Philadelphia
 
What makes Philadelphia, Philadelphia? With this entertaining collection of photos, anecdotes, and little-known facts, find out the story behind fifty of the best known and beloved icons of the City of Brotherly Love.

30th Street Station
Art Museum
Benjamin Franklin
Cheesesteak
Independence Hall
Liberty Bell
Quakers
Reading Terminal Market
And much more!

Native Philadelphians and first-time visitors alike will cherish this timeless celebration of Philadelphia’s incomparable spirit.
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Product Details

  • Series: Icons
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; First edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762760311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762760312
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,137,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a treasure in a small package. A coffee table book not requiring the ability to curl 40# per arm to lift and enjoy. The Table of Contents enables you to easily get right to the subject of interest, see a beautiful photo and read a brief, clear, fact filled account of each particular icon. In addition to the facts and photos the personality of our home town, Philadelphia comes through nicely.
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great little book very nice photos fun read short stories worth the time good for the coffee table
people who visit will learn a lot
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Nice photos
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