Item No: pdcl00035
Title: Elfreth's Alley
Additional Title: Elfreth Alley looking west
Print and Picture Collection
"Said to be the oldest street in the United States in continuous use, Elfreth's Alley was named after Jeremiah Elfreth, a blacksmith who came to Philadelphia in 1690, and whose family later owned all the properties in the street. It is located near the waterfront just north of Arch Street and runs one block west from Front Street to 2nd Street. Its houses date from 1713 to 1811. Now one of Philadelphia's showplaces, its early character has been carefully preserved, and Elfreth's house at 126, one of the oldest, has been opened as a museum. The view is toward the west and No. 126 is near the far end on the left. (It is not distinguishable in the picture.)"--OPEP, p. 35.
Rowhouses with children standing on sidewalk and one boy looking out of a first story window.
Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.
Deschamps, W. G. - Photographer