More Postcards from West Philadelphia
Some West Philadelphia Government Buildings


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1219. Philadelphia Commercial Museums

The building which housed the Commercial Museum was opened in 1899 as the exhibition halls for the National Export Exposition. The exposition, organized by the Franklin Institute and the Commercial Museum, promoted American manufactures and international trade. The museum collected ethnographic materials from markets around the world. Only the center section of the building still stands.

Osograph
Osborne Ltd. 22 E. 21st., New York
Germany

 

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12719 The Commercial Museum, 34th. St. Below Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa.
Detroit Publishing Co.

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359:-Philadelphia's Convention Hall

The Convention Hall hosted a wide variety of events ranging from speeches and public meetings, to sporting events and concerts (the Beatles once performed there). In 1948 it hosted the first televised national political convention.

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125 Municipal Auditorium and Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Municipal Auditorium, built in 1931 at a cost of $5,300,000, has been pronounced the finest building of its kind in the U. S. The building is of marble, limestone, concrete and steel and covers an area of 408 ft. by 236 ft. with a seating capacity of 14,000 in the main Auditorium. It also has 23 smaller rooms capable of seating 50 to 1800. It was the scene of the Democratic National Convention in 1936.

Curt Teich & Co., Chicago
Lynn H. Boyer, Philadelphia, Pa., and Wildwood, N. J.

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110 Post Office and Penna. R.R. Station at 30th and Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Philadelphia's new Post Office, completed in June 1935, is on the west bank of the Schuylkill River between Market and Chestnut Streets. Its roof is designed for the landing of mail planes and it is the only Post Office Building in the world that can be reached directly by air, rail and water.

Curt Teich & Co., Chicago
Lynn H. Boyer, Philadelphia, Pa., and Wildwood, N. J.

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