Philadelphia is the largest and historic city in Pennsylvania state. After the American Civil War, a large number of European and African American immigrants arrived in the town. In the late 19th Century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center and railroad hub. Major industries were the Baldwin Locomotive Works, William Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Company, and the Pennsylvania Railroad. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Philadelphia had taken on a poor reputation as “Corrupt but content.” The political corruption was at its peak, and one official estimated that US$5 million was wasted each year from graft in the city’s infrastructure programs. Philadelphia began to modernize; several new fractures, including the City Hall, Roosevelt Boulevard, Benjamin Franklin Bridge and skyscrapers were built. In 1907, the city’s first subway was constructed.
Here below are some historical photographs of Philadelphia from the early 20th Century that show street scenes, cityscapes, and everyday life. Vote your favorites, and don’t forget to share.