Posts Tagged ‘historic manufacturing’

Wooden Icons of New York City’s Skyline Still Hewn in Olney

Wooden Icons of New York City’s Skyline Still Hewn in Olney

September 28, 2017  |  Vantage

For the last 163 years, the Hall-Woolford Tank Company has supplied the Big Apple with its most enduring skyline icon: the rooftop water tank. Contributor Chris Dougherty takes us into the shop of the Olney manufacturer where the spirit of Workshop of the World is alive and well > more

The Shadow Peels Back The Layers At 13th And Race

The Shadow Peels Back The Layers At 13th And Race

March 28, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

On a block built out by Bricklayers, this old industrial shop at 13th and Race Streets keeps step with the changing neighborhood after 90 years of reuse > more

Flexible Flyer Factory Glides Into Obscurity

Flexible Flyer Factory Glides Into Obscurity

February 8, 2016  |  Vantage

If it wasn't for Philadelphia and the S.L. Allen & Co. the mortality rate of snow sledders at the turn of the century would have been much higher. The farming implement maker introduced steering to sleds in 1900 with their popular Flexible Flyer, taking winter recreation by storm. New contributor Robert Masciantonio has the backstory and takes us inside the old manufacturing plant in Fairhill > more

A Spirited Quest: On The Trail Of Philadelphia's Distilleries

A Spirited Quest: On The Trail Of Philadelphia’s Distilleries

July 30, 2015  |  Behind the Facade

Craft beer may flow in Philadelphia's 21st century veins, but liquor manufacturing has a long, spirited history here. Nic Esposito gives a toast to the city's past, present, and future of distilling > more

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