Item No: pdcl00105
Title: C.A. Bradenburgh's Museum, 9th and Arch Streets
Additional Title: C. A. Bradenburgh's Museum, 9th and Arch Street
Historic Street Address:
Ninth and Arch Streets
Print and Picture Collection
"Amusement 'palaces' of this kind were frequently called museums, partly because of the variety of their exhibits and partly for respectability. They not only displayed objects but also offered performances ranging from vaudeville acts to sports events. Philadelphia had a number of such museums, the one shown here typifying the kind of popular entertainment found on Arch Street."--OPEP, p. 109.
View of the corner of the museum with both sides of the building covered with signs. Narrow side has the main, columned entrance. Other side has steps leading to the second floor and a separate set leading to the fourth floor and joins the fire escape. People on the sidewalk, streetcar tracks on both cobblestone streets, and numerous electrical wires running along streets. Some of the signs on the sides of the building: "C.A. Bradenburgh's 9th and Arch Museum", "Come when you want", "Go when you please", "One dime admits to all", "Curios and vaudeville", "No other place like this in the city",
"Continuous performance", "Superior in appointments and attractions", "The family resort", "Dime museum", "Annual
championship contest of the female basket ball players", "9th and Arch Dime Museum", "Concluding championship contest of the young woman basket ball players: novel, exciting, exhilirating [sic]", "The people's amusement palace".
Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.
A917.481 P536 v.2