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via, a project of the Philadelphia Department of Records / 2341 E CLEARFIELD ST (Northwest Corner - Aramingo Avenue and Clearfield Street-2341-2343 East Clearfield Street -- Bens Hardware) / Sept. 4, 1951 / Photographer: Atheniasis T . Mallis

This is a photo from the street where my mother grew up in Philadelphia's Port Richmond neighborhood. It's from PhillyHistory, a photo archive that contains over 2 million photo records of the city that date from the late 1800s. Archive photos are searchable by proximity to an Address, Intersection, Place Name, or Neighborhood. New images are being added all the time.

The site also has a Historic Streets Index that tracks changes to street names over time. My great-grandmother lived around the corner from my mother, on Clementine Street. According to their records, it looks like Clementine St. from "Richmond to Cedar Sts., n. of Clearfield St." was called "Division" before 1897.

Pick a neighborhood or street and take a walk back through time (another image after the jump). 


A cobblestoned street: W PRICE ST & WISSAHICKON AVE (Description: Price Street-Looking West-Toward Wissahickon Avenue) / May 16, 1927 / Photographer: William A. Gee


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