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Philadelphia Then and Now (Then & Now) Hardcover – December 20, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (December 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571458808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571458803
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed Mauger, founder of Philadelphia on Foot, has fashioned unique tours based on his in-depth knowledge of city history and architecture and of the streets and byways of old Philadelphia. His wit, warmth and storytelling abilities have earned him praise as "Philadelphia's favorite colonial guide," as well as plaudits by critics from coast to coast. Dubbed a genial campus legend when he left his position as Associate Dean at Rutgers University, Ed has also authored several articles on Philadelphia history and colonial high life.

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Customer Reviews

I bought two copies of this book.
toadie
This book is clearly more visual and offers insightful and useful information if you are interested in Philadelphia history which is really also American history.
Sylviastel
This city is pretty remarkable because so many of the places still look exactly the same.
Adlevama

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Caren Fishman on November 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I sat down on a Sunday morning to casually glance through what I thought was just another coffee table photography book. Several hours later, thoroughly relaxed and enlightened, I closed Philadelphia Then and Now, having deliberately devoured every word, every image, every comparison-both visual and written, cover to cover. What fun it was to go back and forth. The effort taken to capture identical images was evident page after page. The attention to obscure and amusing snippets of historical detail tied the "then" black and white photos and the "now" colorful photos together perfectly.
Treat yourself to a Sunday morning journey to Philadelphia-Then and Now.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Crupi on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A must have for anyone of Philadelphia Origin. Makes for interesting reading and a great conversational coffee table book.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a really unique collection of photos from the last 150 years in Center City Philadelphia with recent photos taken at the same location. Would make a great gift for someone with Philadelphia ties.
It was interesting to see how things have changed - in many places for the better. Center City towards the Ben Franklin Parkway was a dirty grimy place at the turn of the century. The Parkway was a stroke of genius. The Art Museum used to be a water holding area.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerome J. Unglaub on March 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book I have ordered in this series that arrived and a little dinky book about 1/3rd the size of the regular coffee table book. How can you even see the details? I won't have this happen again, I will check dimetions before I buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Petals on December 11, 2010
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I first discovered this book in a waiting room and managed to get through a page or two at each visit. Finally I bought the book and am so glad that I did. The pictures and text are wonderful and the information about places and events is right to the point. It is remarkable to see how much has been preserved, how much could have been preserved, and what has been lost forever. The pictures make me more alert when I am in Philadelphia to really take time to look at a building or location in more detail.
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I knew Caitlin would jump all over this book - as shes employed PT, she has the opportunity to browse old bookshops in Philly (she's getting a unique view, sunce she grew up the deep South) and NYC. We've enjoyed rainy days at the Strand (bookshop must-see in NYC). I've given her 1st Editions, rare books, and her taste is, imo, rather refined - there's always a book in her hand. She fell in love w/this one, she found the photo chronology fascinating and the writing to be engaging, surprisingly witty at points and charming overall. She entertains casually & friends are always commenting on the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DR. JULIE MAYO JOHNSTON on January 19, 2013
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Being from Philadelphia I appreciate pictures of what many my age (86) never knew existed. It would be nice to see more pictures of working class neighborhoods and things like the "Chinese Wall" and the RED Light" district
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mmmonlake on January 17, 2013
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enjoyed it a lot before giving it away as a gift! Being from the area as a child, lots of memories came rushing back
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