City of Neighborhoods: Philadelphia: 1890–1910

Joseph Minardi

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This book covers the 20 years that transformed Philadelphia into a city of neighborhoods, from Kingsessing to Wissahickon. At the turn of the 20th century, Philadelphia was the "workshop of the world," with builders toiling tirelessly to fill the staggering demand for housing. This golden age of construction resulted in whole new neighborhoods for the city’s burgeoning population, transforming it into a place where immigrants could easily find jobs and a community to call their own. More than 200 vintage photos and postcards whisk readers back to the neighborhoods as they once were, exactly as our grandparents and great-grandparents knew them, before modern influences altered them beyond recognition. Arranged by neighborhood, this Philadelphia family album, a scrapbook for the city, is filled with rare vintage photographs and comprehensive information about the houses, the builders, the neighborhoods, and the people who lived in them.

Size: 10" x 7" x 7/8" | 223 color and b/w images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764360596

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Joseph Minardi is an award-winning local photographer and a recipient of the 2007 Preservation Initiative Award from the University City Historical Society and the 2014 Annual Award for Service to the Preservation Community from Save Our Sites. He is a former vice president of the University City Historical Society and editor of its bimonthly newsletter, On the West Side, and writer of "History Matters" for the East Falls Local. Minardi has also hosted walking tours and lectures about Philadelphia’s historic architecture. This is his fourth book about Philadelphia.