Harry Kyriakodis, author of Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront (2011) and Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (2012), regularly gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city. A founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, he is a graduate of La Salle University and Temple University School of Law, and was once an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He has collected what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love: over 2000 titles new and old.
Harry K. gives us a look into Philadelphia's dabbling in pneumatic mail, a Victorian method of mail delivery that had as its chief promoter in Postmaster General John Wanamaker—yes, that Wanamaker > more
In the early 19th Century, Philadelphians wanting to get away from it all often spent an afternoon, a day or more at one of several pleasure gardens sprinkled throughout town. Focusing on the resorts located in Center City, Harry K. gives us a tour of these places of rest and recreation, which served as the Great Adventure and the Philadelphia Zoo of that era > more
The stretch of Camac Street between Walnut and Locust is quaint and then some. Harry K explores the history of this one-of-a-kind thoroughfare > more
Harry K's beloved riverfront has two sides, don't ya know. And once upon a time, in the mid-19th Century, a church boat—an actual church, built on a seafaring vessel—trawled both sides of it, before being moved to firm ground in Camden. This Harry K Encyclopedia entry examines the legendary Floating Church of the Redeemer > more
Harry K gives us a review of ice skating in Philadelphia, a city that was an early center of skating in America, possibly because Quaker leaders approved of this ostensibly frivolous activity > more