Did you know there used to be an outdoor rooftop gym in Center City Philadelphia? It wasn’t even supplementing some luxury condo. Nope, Wanamaker’s Department Store used to boast rooftop tennis and handball courts, and an outdoor track for its staff to use!
Check out this aerial view of the store circa 1925 by Philly-famous photographer William N. Jennings, *probably* taken from the top of City Hall. Then there’s this shot of young lady staffers of the Wanamaker Commercial Institute in marching band formation practicing on the roof gym.
Check out more images from our Wanamaker collection on our Digital Library here.
♫ Betcha By Golly Wow - Stylistics 1972
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Spotted in West Philadelphia, PA.
Pro-Palestine Rally, Philadelphia, PA, US— Friday, 11th July, 2014
I’d written this earlier, it wouldn’t load, so here it is again. I’ve painstakingly gone through pictures to do my best to make sure there’s as few identifiable faces as possible, and especially not of minors. Call it pointless but it occurred to me that since I despised all the media cameras all up in my face other people deserved their privacy as well. Not that they reported it, mind. There was one I saw on the pro-Israel rally, but that was it.
On which note: I’d heard there was going to be a pro-Israel rally as well, but as far as I could tell (I was there between approximately 5-7pm?) there were about 7-10 very disgruntled looking Zionists on one tiny corner across from us, as we chanted, they started leaving through the evening. Mabe there were more earlier, I have no idea. The police did show up at one point, just stood by them, didn’t do anything; unfortunately I don’t have clear pictures of them. By around 6 we had spread out enough that there were at least a few of us on each of the 4 corners of the crossroads. As you can see by the pictures above, people crossed the roads with signs (during red lights when pedestrians had the way), some had “Honk for Palestine” signs. People who drove by would honk frequently, prompting cheers from the protesters. Then there were the people who drove by with flags in support as well.
Honestly, it was pretty great, people were respectful of space, numbers and names were exchanged, plans set up about the march that happened today (18th July, 2014), where even more people showed up! Unfortunately I do not have pictures of today, but we’d started at the Consulate, gone around, ended at the City Hall.
Credit for pictures: adaftanddewyeyedmiss (mostly), another friend, and myself (they got mixed up sorting through them).
July 18th, 2014, Philadelphia, PA (USA). Hundreds turn out for protest and march on city hall to demonstrate against Israel’s occupation of Palestine and massacre in Gaza.
#SupportGaza rally at Israeli consulate in Philadelphia. #Gaza #Palestine No Israeli counter today.
I start work next week. But maybe other peeps in Philly might find this useful. http://www.easternstate.org/halloween/jobs
"I make functional art." New feature on cheesemonger turned custom knife craftsman Adam Balkovic, founder of Philly’s biltsharp.
Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez
We had a great time on our Philadelphia State x State trip this past weekend. Here are some first round photos.
Alain Locke (via readinthenameofyourlord) —
Alain LeRoy Locke was born in 1885 in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. He was descended from educated free Blacks and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s in philosophy in 1907.
That year, he was also selected as the first Black Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Scholarship was established in 1902 for extraordinary students to study at Oxford University in England. Locke continued his studies at Oxford University, the University of Berlin, and the College de France in Paris.
There were few job openings for a Black intellectual, and like many of his time, Locke began teaching at Howard University, where he taught English and philosophy. In 1918 he became the first person to receive a PhD from Harvard.
Locke made many contributions to the study of literature and art. As editor of a special issue for a national sociology magazine, Locke showcased the work of young Black writers from Harlem—spurring on the Harlem Renaissance and the New Negro Movement.
Locke was a collector of African American and African art, and he believed that Black culture should be an essential part of education. He was key in revising Howard’s undergraduate curriculum. He was elected as president of the American Association for Adult Education in 1945. Locke retired from Howard in 1953. He died in 1954.
Smith, J.C. (2003). Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events. 2nd Ed. Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press.
The GPS is usually my trusted sidekick as I visit new places across the country. Unfortunately, from time to time, I’m steered off course and find myself on a closed road, at an abandoned building or on the wrong street. As I approached Sweet Lucy’s, I was confident that I was on the wrong trail again since I was surrounded by nothing but fenced-in warehouses next to a railroad. When I arrived at 7500 State Road, however, I realized that I had given up too easily and found Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse tucked into the corner of an industrial warehouse.
Sweet Lucy’s has received a lot of local press over the years and it started with being named the best food truck in Philly (a town teeming with food trucks). The food truck evolved into the warehouse restaurant and now barbecue fans from all over the Philly area make the trip to take in some of, if not the, best barbecue in town.
Brook and Jim Higgins have varied culinary backgrounds that includes Brook’s time at the Culinary Institute of America and fine dining experience. The two met in a kitchen and have been cooking together ever since. Jim attributed much of their success to a “fussing over everything” attitude and they keep a close watch over everything at Sweet Lucy’s.
I found the pork, chicken, wings to all be very, very good, but the ribs stood above the rest. There is nothing particularly different about them, but with great flavor, char, consistency and spice, they were excellent. Sweet Lucy’s also puts a lot of effort into their sides and the sweet potatoes and beans were both great.