Architecture

The Sixth, And Final, Clock

September 11, 2012 | by Philip Jablon

 

Gil Travel Clock | Photo: Philip Jablon

Kudos to Jan Koziara who was chosen randomly as our winner among the folks who correctly identified last week’s clock as suspended over the PNC Bank branch at 1511 Walnut Street. Its origins date back to former building tenant Rosenbluth Travel, which occupied part of the building for more than a decade. The clock’s defining feature is its map of the world on both faces, indicating the type of business. Rosenbluth’s travel services made the world beyond Brotherly Love accessible to all, or at least all who could afford it. This simple ornamental clock reminds the office-bound cadres of Center City to forget about their troubles and take some “time” for a vacation.

While the PNC branch occupies the street level space these days, another travel agency–Gil Travel–has since replaced Rosenbluth on the second floor.

Jan, e-mail Hidden City creative director Lee Tusman at ltusman@hiddencityphila.org to claim your prize.

The Sixth, and Final, Name This Clock

Photo: Philip Jablon

Please e-mail editor@hiddencityphila.org to submit your answer by Wednesday at 11AM. Don’t post the answer as a comment on the article or on Facebook.

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About the Author

Philip Jablon Philip Jablon is a photo-journalist who splits his time between his native Philadelphia and his surrogate Thailand. In 2010 he earned an M.A. in Sustainable Development from Chiang Mai University. Since 2008 he has built a photographic archive of stand-alone movie theaters across Southeast Asia as part of his Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project. He is interested in the architecture, development, and social history of both Philadelphia and Southeast Asia.

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