Right now, there are more than 200 items for Philadelphia, though the search seems to have some quirks. I couldn’t find items during one search, but if I used the same search terms ten minutes later, it might appear – other times, no Philadelphia images would register at all. Things that will be corrected I will imagine. Whether more items are to be added I don’t know, but for now, the oldest is a painting of a scene from the 1790s and the photos run to the 1980s.
See my ten favorites below, in chronological order.
I really wish I could find the address of this building. Hell, it might still be standing, waiting onmotion from Licenses and Inspections.
There are a number of photos of Bullitt, so I imagine Life wrote a profile on his failed mayoral bid – the Democrat and future U.S. Ambassador to France and the Soviet Union lost to Bernard Samuel, Philadelphia’s last Republican chief executive. Another good one of Bullitt can be seen here, where he stands in front of a crumbling Carpenter’s Hall. It stands today and the Hall, built in 1790 and home of the oldest union in the country, was a central focus of the major rehabilitation of Indepenence Mall and Society Hill that didn’t come until the late 1960s.
Battleships at the Philadelphia Navy Yard during World War II. (George Strock, 1942)
Of course, the Naval Yard has been one of the most important Philly landmarks you’ll never visit. Check this cool shot of interesting art outside one of the landmarks you will visit.
Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack (C) w. his team at ballpark during game vs. New York Yankees on day in his honor (Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1947)
The interior of Senator Paul Douglas’ campaign headquarters in Philadelphia at the John Bartram with “rent” sign in window, after Harry Truman won the Democratic Presidential nomination. (Francis Miller, July 1948)
The Philadelphia Phillies meeting. (Ralph Morse, March 3, 1950)
Rocky Marciano lands a left hook on “Jersey” Joe Walcott in this World Heavyweight championship bout in Philadelphia. (Y. Joel, Sept. 23, 1952)
This surprise victory for Marciano made him the only undefeated, undisputed world heavyweight champion in boxing history. This is a fantastic shot by Life, but, I have to say, I think they were beat by UPI.
Temple University basketball player Guy Rogers (fore R) playing against Villanova College (George Silk, February 1958)
Is that classic Big Five basketball in the Palestra?
I love photography portraits. There are a number of Auth, so I imagine Life did a profile of the Pulitzer Prize-winner. This is my favorite of the batch.
What are your favorites from Philadelphia or elsewhere? Let me know below.
2 thoughts on “The 10 best Philadelphia images from new Life Magazine Google archive”
I really like the Douglad campaign office picture and am having trouble hunting it down in the July 1948 issues. Can you direct me to the specific issue this comes from?
All on Google’s Life Magazine archive!