Holmesburg/Thomas Holme Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00599
Title: Holmesburg/Thomas Holme Branch
Additional Title: Memorial plaque at the Holmesburg/Thomas Holme Branch, 1950
Historic Street Address: 7810 Frankford Avenue
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

The Holmesburg Reading Room and Library Association was a subscription library founded in 1867. An agreement between the Lower Dublin Academy trustees and the Free Library of Philadelphia established the Thomas Holme Branch in 1900, housed in the Frankford Athenaeum for the next seven years.  In 1906, the academy trustees donated land, and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated funds for a new building.  Located at Frankford & Hartel Avenues, it opened June 26, 1907, making it the sixth Carnegie-funded branch. 

This 1950 photograph is a close-up of a memorial plaque on the north side exterior of the branch.  It was dedicated on May 30, 1950, to honor those servicemen from the Holmesburg area, who died during World Wars I and II.

Eventually, the name of the branch reverted to the original, and is once again the Holmesburg Branch. It serves the Holmesburg and Mayfair communities.

Creation Year: 1950
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.030976
Geocode Latitude:40.040384