Archive for Harry K’s Encyclopedia

Pneumatic Philadelphia

Pneumatic Philadelphia

April 11, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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

Pleasure Gardens, Without Worry, In The City

Pleasure Gardens, Without Worry, In The City

March 19, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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

Little Clubs On A Wooden Street

Little Clubs On A Wooden Street

March 7, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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

The Floating Church And Its Successors Along The Delaware

The Floating Church And Its Successors Along The Delaware

February 21, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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

Ice Skating, Philadelphia Pastime

Ice Skating, Philadelphia Pastime

January 24, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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