Postcards from West Philadelphia
Three Views of John Bartram's
John Bartram, born in Darby in 1699, was America's
first native botanist. His house in West Philadelphia, on the west
bank of the Schuylkill, was built in 1730-31; it incorporated an
earlier house built in 1684 by Swedish settler Peter Yocum. The
gardens surrounding the house were filled with specimens that Bartram
collected in his travels in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Carolinas.
The house is open to the public--for more information, visit the John Bartram Association web site.
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on bottom reads:
332 Bartram's House and
The handwritten note on the card
Old vines on and [sic] old
house are like old friends: the older the more
J Murray Jordan. Publisher
1438 So. Penn Sq., Philadelphia
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at bottom reads:
World Post Card Co.
postmarked August 10, 1907,
mailed to Cape May, N.J.
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at upper left reads:
185 Bartram Mansion,
Caption on the reverse reads:
In 1728 John Bartram bought
a tract of land which afterward became the famous
BOTANICAL GARDENS. It is located on the
Schuylkill River in south Philadelphia.
Lynn H. Boyer
Philadelphia, Pa. and Wildwood, N.J.