Item No: pdcl00124
Title: Chestnut Street, east from 6th
Additional Title: Chestnut Street between 5th & 6th
Historic Street Address:
Sixth and Chestnut Streets
Print and Picture Collection
"This row of buildings five blocks from the waterfront stood opposite Independence Hall. Here was a concentration of businesses related to the printing industry, from engraving and type founding to the finished book itself. It might seem an even more appropriate location for the seller of law books, whose sign is visible in this photograph."--OPEP, p. 129.
The street, lined with commercial buildings. Awnings stretched over sidewalk. Signs: "...reotype foundry" ; "Gilbert & Gihon engravers on wood" ; "Law books" ; "Eagle hotel."
Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.