Item No: pdcc00525
Title: 518 Philadelphia - Market Street
Print and Picture Collection
Postcard view of Market Street looking west from Fifth Street with City Hall in the far distance. Before the arrival of large department stores in the latter part of the Nineteenth century, the city's main commercial thoroughfare, Market Street (originally High Street), was lined with hundreds of specialty shops. In this view shop signs identify businesses trading in hardware, jewelry, seeds and bulbs, and suspenders. Note the buildings are still displaying the old numbering system, which, although was officially adopted in 1857, was slow to be accepted by the business community.
A917.481 P536 v.6
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler