Thursday, December 9, 2010

If you're reading this blog you're probably a bit of a history nerd. And if you're a history nerd and you haven't discovered this site, shame on you.
is probably the city's largest archive of historical photography. With a no nonsense search engine that displays all available results on an interactive map of the region, pulls from an archive of over 2 million photographs. is supported by The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Water Department, The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, The National Endowment for the Humanities and Institute of Museum and Library Services, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Free Library of Philadelphia. It has received awards from Best of Philly, URISA, and AIA Philadelphia.

This winter scene at Broad and Sansom in 1914 is one of 2 million photographs available on The database may be searched by date and location, displaying results in a user friendly interactive map.

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