Franklin Institute: Operation Moonwatch

Historical Images of Philadelphia Philadelphiana
Franklin Institute: Operation Moonwatch

Item Info

Item No: pdcp01036
Title: Franklin Institute: Operation Moonwatch
Creation Date: 10/15/1957
Historic Street Address: 222 N 20th Street
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Text for this photograph--taken on the roof of the Franklin Institute--is from The Evening Bulletin, October 15, 1957:  "Volunteers from Operation Moonwatch are thrilled by a very good view of Sputnik as it sailed over this morning at about 6:04 am....the long row of positions is called a Moonwatch Station.  Sputnik was quite visible to the naked eye..."

Facsimile of image used in the exhibition, Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Parkway Central Library West Gallery, September 2017-November 2018.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.173135
Geocode Latitude:39.958211

Creator Name: The Evening Bulletin - Photographer
Hamilton - Photographer