Philadelphia 1930s

Item Info

Item No: pdcal00039
Title: Philadelphia 1930s
Additional Title: Schuylkill River from west side
Historic Street Address: Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Media Type: Photographic Negatives
Source: Print and Picture Collection

This is a ca. 1930  image, taken by amateur Philadelphia photographer Claude Alexander, showing a view of the Fairmount Dam area, on the Schuylkill River.  According to Water Dept. records, the structures in the photograph are Lock 71 and the Lock Tender's House, located on the west bank, opposite from Boathouse Row.  Due to construction of the West River Drive (today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive) and the Schuylkill Expressway in the 1950s, Lock 71 was filled in; the lock tender’s house was removed at a later time. 

Creation Year: ca. 1930
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Latitude:39.967527
Geocode Longitude:-75.188220

Creator Name: Claude Alexander - Photographer