Philadelphia in Motion By Boorse Nostalgic view of how Philadelphians traveled

Philadelphia in Motion By Boorse Nostalgic view of how Philadelphians traveled

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Philadelphia in Motion By Boorse Nostalgic view of how Philadelphians traveled
Philadelphia in Motion By J W Boorse Jr Nostalgic view of how Philadelphians traveled 1902-1940 Soft Cover 1976 96 pages
The time is just beyond the dawn of the twentieth century, and a man named Roosevelt is President of the United States. Philadelphia's policemen still look like London "bobbies". Thousands of horse-drawn wagons ply the streets, hundreds carrying nothing but ice. Yet both the horse and the ice are symbolic of a waning era. The electric refrigerator has yet to conquer, but the electric trolley is here, having required only four years and one month to fully supplant the horsecar. The automobile is here, too, but it will require a much longer time to completely replace the horse-drawn wagons.
Many bridges have been built across the Schuylkill River, but no roads yet span the Delaware and ferry boat traffic on the big river is brisk. There are huge holes along Market Street where the City's first subway is being built to carry trains between West Philadelphia and the New Jersey ferry terminals that line Delaware Avenue. When the subway opens, Philadelphia will become the third city in the Western Hemisphere to provide underground transportation for its citizens.
And so, a new era is beginning. Before the century reaches its midpoint Philadelphia will shift from a city of horses, wagons, cobblestones and ferries to a city of autos, subways, asphalt and airplanes. The following pages tell the story of Philadelphia in motion in that era.

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