A Look Inside The Philadelphia History Museum’s Benson Collection

 

A 1972 photo entitled "Sparkling Steps," taken by Neil Benson

“Sparkling Steps” from 1972, part of the extensive Benson Collection archive at the Atwater Kent. | Photo: Neil Benson

  • NewsWorks highlights the work of retired freelance photojournalist Neil Benson, whose photos are now collected in the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent’s extensive Benson Collection. Interested in the convergence of social activists, and eschewing the customary objective ideal of his trade, Benson saw himself more as the propagandist than the journalist during the turbulent years of the 1970s.
  • Midwood Development will present a revised plan at the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s August 11th zoning meeting for the development of a large vacant lot near 9th & Washington in the Italian Market, says the Passyunk Post. Not much is known as of the development presently other than it will add a residential component to the previous concept—a one-story retail building with parking on the roof.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. Great picture. Back in the 50’s the front white marble steps always shined. Thank you for the wonderful picture.

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