Chestnut Street, west from 9th

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Item No: pdcl00130
Title: Chestnut Street, west from 9th
Additional Title: Chestnut Street between 9th and 10th Streets
Historic Street Address: Ninth and Chestnut Streets
Historic Street Address: Washington Square West
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection
Notes: "In the 1800s commerce and industry were in continuous competition with private property owners for space in areas such as the one shown here. This photograph shows that businesses have taken over the ground floors of the buildings nearer the center of the block which were once private residences. Competition on another level altogether is detectable in the advertisements of the Pennsylvania Central's ticket office, which proclaim a new route to Baltimore, Washington and points south."--OPEP, p. 135.
Notes: Several businesses occupying row houses. Awnings stretched over sidewalk. In the foreground is a man leaning against a pole. Firms include: "Ticket office. Pennsylvania Central Rail Ro[ad]" ; "T.H. Baxter Fancy Case Maker. 901 Chestnut St." ; "Ticket office for the Pennsylvania air line. New route to Baltimore, Washington and the South Atlantic states." ; "Mason & Co." ; "Engravers & stationers" ; "Thomas Griffiths" ; "Shirts, collars, gloves & hoisery &c" ; "Richelderfer's."
Bibliography: Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.

Creation Year: 1859
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.155502
Geocode Latitude:39.949807