Hop on the way back machine once again for a trip back in time to the corner of 13th and Market Streets in Phila. circa 1971.
I’m tempted to title this photo “march of the zombies” — not a smile to be seen. The photo zeroes in on the grumpy looking guy in the business suit. Imagine how the people in this image would collapse into heaps on the ground if the aliens animating their movements turned the zombies loose?
I’m not being fair. These folks are ordinary big city, wary of strangers people going about their business on a typical day (brrr).
Look at the building behind those folks. The Wanamaker’s department store was a Phila. landmark for many years. It belongs to Macy’s now. Did you know this store houses the largest operating pipe organ in the world? And this marvelous instrument has been fully restored.
This is a fun photo. I haven’t seen one of those lumber carriers for many years. I remember seeing them often when I was a kid. This one is empty, but you can imagine one of these vehicles trundling down the street with a full load of lumber.
If you look carefully you can see the Linton’s sign in the background. Linton’s is another long gone Phila. institution. Linton’s had restaurants all over the city. I ate breakfast in our neighborhood Linton’s many times. Scrapple, eggs and coffee. Yes!
When I was in high school, we would go to the Linton’s in So. Philly just over the Passyunk Ave. Bridge and sit for hours drinking coffee and eating grilled stickies.
These old street photos stir up the memories. I’ll dig through my archives to see if any more turn up.