Category Archives: Philadelphia

Shanghai’s Pudong And Philadelphia

This view of the Pudong business district in Shanghai often illustrates advertisements and articles about international corporations expanding into China. It all looks new, modern, and spiffy.  The TV tower with the ball on the left is distinctive, and is … Continue reading

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Who Made the Liberty Bell?

“Liberty Bell,” Wikipedia. “The Liberty Bell,” this blog, 4/16/2017. Our own Fred Weinstein sent me photos he took on a trip to London in 2009 where the firm Whitechapel Bell Foundry claimed to be the manufacturer of the Liberty Bell.  … Continue reading

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The Liberty Bell

“Saved By the Bell,” by Stephen Fried.  Smithsonian, 4/2017. (This was my starting point. As always, refer to the original for details and accuracy.) I know, I know—I just lost all of the Philadelphia readers.  Nobody in or around Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Fare Collection On the Delaware River Bridge

Driving through Philadelphia and crossing over the Delaware River Bridge in the 1940s was always a family treat because we were either traveling to Ocean City for our two-week vacation, or to my aunt and uncle’s house on the river … Continue reading

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The Black Girl and the Old White Guy At the Subway Station

Last year, I was in center-city Philadelphia about noon on a pleasant spring day, so pleasant, I decided to ride the subway down to the Second Street Station near Penn’s Landing and spend some time gazing at the Ben Franklin … Continue reading

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Pussy Hats

When I was in Philly last week, the same day as the Women’s March On Washington (the Philadelphia branch) I saw many knit hats, mostly in pink or red, with little cat ears. I just thought this was a popular … Continue reading

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Philadelphia’s Women’s March On Washington

I took the SEPTA train into Philadelphia this past Saturday, January 21, not to join the march, but to examine the train steps. The steps going up into the train are steep, and my wife was having trouble climbing them … Continue reading

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