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Signs From The Gilded Age

Signs From The Gilded Age

June 12, 2014  |  Makin' It, Walk the Walk

Though prefabricated signs have become the norm, those of the hand-painted variety have made a bit of a comeback. But don't call it a comeback for Baker the Sign Man. Joe Brin goes behind the scenes at Baker, where they've been painting signs with a touch of gold by hand since 1870 > more

The Gold Standard In North Philadelphia Metallurgy

The Gold Standard In North Philadelphia Metallurgy

June 4, 2014  |  Makin' It

As the economy rides its roller coaster of peaks and valleys across history, the gold refining industry rides with it, often in the opposite direction. Theresa Stigale profiles one such operation, Garfield Refining Company, who have refined precious metals for jewelers, dentists, pawn shops and more since 1892 > more

Widdy Dialect: The

Widdy Dialect: The “Hoagie” Of Darts

April 17, 2014  |  Makin' It

Under the rumbling El and amidst the hustle and bustle at Kensington and Somerset, a distinctly Philadelphian brand of darts is made the same way it has been for over 100 years—by hand. Brad Maule throws a round with Widdy Darts > more

Fairmount Park: A New Map From An Old Style

Fairmount Park: A New Map From An Old Style

March 18, 2014  |  Makin' It

With her handmade map, South Philly artist Kim Alsbrooks brings Fairmount Park into the 21st Century by way of the Centennial Exhibition. The hand drawn map recalls ancient maps with an artistic focus and favors attention to bicycles > more

The Real Bookbinder's Revival

The Real Bookbinder’s Revival

October 24, 2013  |  Makin' It

In South Philly, a modern bookbinder updates an old craft with the help of vintage machines. Theresa Stigale has the story and photos from Bella Forte Books > more