Item No: pdcl00029
Title: Water Street at Market
Additional Title: West side of Water Street at Market
Historic Street Address:
Water and Market Streets
Print and Picture Collection
"The mid-nineteenth century was a time of transition, and growth of cities was commensurate with the expansion of business and trade. Some of the details in this picture indicate the effects of such expansion, the ground floors of some of the buildings having been invaded by businesses, crowding residents to upper floors. The height of these buildings may be explained by the fact that Water Street was a steep drop from Front Street immediately behind, and the buildings were actually entered from Front Street at a higher level."--OPEP, p. 30.
The street, with stores on first level of buildings. Businesses include: "Adams' Brooms, Brushes, Wooden Ware, Broom Corn, Handles, Wire, Twine" ; "J.E. Evans Oils" ; "George W. Scott's Cooperage." Broom, boxes and barrels on sidewalk. Cart on street.
Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.
Moran, John, 1831-1903 - Photographer