Still Philadelphia: A Photographic History 1890-1940

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Overview

This is a book about Philadelphia and about photography, but it is not the usual book about either. On one level, this is the pictorial story of a great industrial metropolis in transition. It is the story of a railroad city, a city of trolleys and subways and horse-drawn vehicles, as it gradually succumbed to the automobile. It is the story of a city filled with neighborhood industry giving way to suburbs, to commuter travel, and to a change in the very nature of work. It is the story of a city spreading out, expanding and doubling in population in fifty years. It is the story of urban exuberance and vitality where ethnic groups mixed and mingled, but it is also the story of slums and poverty, crime and conflict. A Philadelphia family album, filled with pictures of ordinary people, Still Philadelphia focuses on the city of immigrants and industry, not on the lives and houses of the wealthy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[It] sets the standard against which other photographic histories of cities will be measured in the future."
—The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

 

Consistent and fascinating. Recommended for regional libraries and libraries having good urban history collections."
—Library Journal

"A celebration of Philadelphia. Here is the face of the other Philadelphia, often the forgotten Philadelphia...All those remotely interested in the city—its people, its hitory—should have this book in their libraries."
—John Francis Marion, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877223061
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1983
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fredric M. Miler is Curator of the Urban Archives Center, Paley Library, Temple University.

Morris J. Vogel is Associate Professor of History, Temple University.

Allen F. Davis is Professor of History, Temple University, and co-editor of The Peoples of Philadelphia, published by Temple University Press.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. The City of the 1890s
3. Immigrant Havens
4. Workshop of the World
5. The Vision of Reform
6. A Gallery of Faces
7. Technologies of Change
8. The Rise of the Downtown
9. The New Philadelphia
10. The City of the 1930s
Sources
Index

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