• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Mid-Century Philly: Market East

For our first Mid-Century Philly feature, culled from fantastic real estate photographs by Parker & Mullikin, we turn to Market East. Here is a view of the 1000 block of Market Street in 1949. Just look at all of the signage - a whiskey billboard, an ad for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, and all of the neon shop signs. Makes me think about how Market East's special zoning permitting bold commercial advertising might be closer to historically appropriate that we might think.

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This image is part of the Parker & Mullikin collection held by the Free Library’s Print and Picture Collection.

    • 1013 Market Street | Parker & Mullikin | Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Pictures Collection
      1013 Market Street | Parker & Mullikin | Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Pictures Collection

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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