(Public domain photo via Detroit Publishing Company)
Quick confession: writing about Philly can sometimes be intimidating if you’re not from around here.
When a city is so cherished by its people (no matter what some Philly.com commenters may say), understanding it and telling its story can be a risky endeavor. It’s also a process.
That’s why I keep going back to this post from 2013, chock full of rich images of old Philadelphia. Sure, it’s great to see Market or Broad Street or they were 50, 60 or 100 years ago, but my favorite shots are the ones with people in them. It’s reassuring to know that so many people from all walks of life have come and gone, and helped make Philly what it is today.
Since lead reporter emeritus Juliana Reyes wrote about Facebook group Old Images of Philadelphia, it has evolved into a Page and went from its already impressive 48,000 members to its current 202,000 likes.
“To be loved and appreciated by so many other websites is awesome,” the page’s administrators wrote in a post over the weekend sharing our 2013 story. “Thank you from Philadelphia’s first and largest group page, Old Images of Philadelphia.”
In honor of the landmark, we’re taking another look at the page’s database of over 20,000 cool pics of old Philly. Here are our 10 favorite shots: