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Daniel Sharp
Daniel Sharp • 3 years ago

c. 1859 photo, looking eastward down Market St. from Sixth St. The market stalls in the center of the street were originally installed in the 1680s and expanded westward as the city grew. At first, the stalls ran one block from Front St. By the time of this photo, I believe that they ran well west of here, toward Thirteenth St. This photo looks right down at what had been the very heart of Philadelphia for one hundred fifty years, from the 1680s until the 1830s; indeed, for most of that period, the city barely reached as far as the site of this photo. Note the hatter's sign in the upper right. That shop was on the site of today's exhibit about President Washington's presidential mansion. Washington, and then Adams, lived in that precursor to the White House.

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