In this gem of an interview produced by Temple University, photographer Betsy Manning and professor Ken Finkel (whose Redbricker column for Philly Brownstoner never ceases to amaze/amuse) discuss Manning’s passion for documenting the lesser-known corners of the city. She describes her subjects as “architectural wallflowers”– overlooked, ignored, nondescript, until you stop and really see them. The […]
Another gem from the dustbin, this is classic footage of the 1947 Better Philadelphia Exhibition and its famous flipping model designed by Louis Kahn, Edmund Bacon, and Oskar Stonorov. The narration on this newsreel is sadly lost, so we may never know what’s going on with the guy in the undershirt and sandals. Read more […]
Pure vintage boosterism. Worth it for the street scenes alone– skip up to 2:30 for some amazing neon, “flashing in the night of complacency and ignorance!”
A portrait of “Eraserhood,” the Callowhill neighborhood that inspired David Lynch’s Eraserhead. A portion of this neighborhood is in the process of being added to the National Register of Historic Places (but not because Lynch lived here): http://planphilly.com/gritty-callowhill-recognized-national-historic-district
Greenbelt Knoll was designated a Philadelphia Historic District in 2006, and in 2007 the residents of the neighborhood received the Preservation Alliance’s Community Action Award. This short documentary was produced for the Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places series. For more on Greenbelt Knoll, click here.
Michael Stern led a Preservation Alliance-sponsored tour of North Philadelphia’s Mansion District as part of the North Philadelphia Arts and Culture Alliance’s Treasures of North Philadelphia openhouse on April 24. In case you missed it…