2018 Fund Drive Perks!

Now more than ever, independent journalism needs the support of readers like you. DONATE to the Hidden City Daily annual fund drive to help us raise $35,000, (which will really equal $70,000 since each donation will be matched dollar for dollar) and receive something nifty in return. Do we need to mention these perks make great gifts for the holidays? We’ll ship them within a few days to make sure they get to you in time. 

 Click HERE, pick your perk–and give!

Philly Postcards (Pack of 6)–$25

Not your typical tourist souvenir! Photographed with love by Hidden City’s Project Director, Pete Woodall, each of these six postcards says “Philly” in a different way. Perfect for framing if you don’t want to mail them. Please note: The image shown here is a compilation of all six images. You will receive separate postcards of each.

2018 Hidden City Calendar–$50 This year’s Hidden City calendar is a little 8×8 cutie with all the images taken from our Instagram feed. The photos from Mike Bixler and Brad Maule are a combo of the pretty and the gritty–just like Philadelphia!





Ghost Signs of Philly–$60

Hidden City project director Pete Woodall has been photographing ghost signs for years, and he’s collected 28 of his favorites here–from beloved signs like the fisherman above Franklin Fountain on Market Street, or the Reedmor Books above Milk Boy on Chestnut, to obscurities like Moore Push Pin on Berkley Street and “Ketchup Kid” on W. Venango. Measures 18×24. Printed on glossy, 100 weight book stock. Addresses for each sign are listed at the bottom.





NEW! Philadelphia Transit Co. Print–$75

Screen printed on heavy card stock paper at Philadelphia Engraving, this 8×12 (image 6×9) beauty is filled with terrific detail, such as the number of the trolley, along with some macabre humor: is the bigger girl in red pushing her friend onto the tracks or attempting to save her?






Skyscrapers of Philadelphia–$95

Hidden City’s custom reprint of this late 19th-century lithograph. We love this image for the detailed renderings of some of our favorite Philadelphia buildings, and for the measuring stick running up the right side of the print. Measures 18×23. Printed on matte heavyweight paper.






Manhole Cover Coasters, set of four with display stand–$100

Incredibly accurate renderings of four familiar Philadelphia manhole covers etched in cork here in Philadelphia at NextFab along with a bonus display stand made just for the fund drive. Super sturdy, 1/4 inch thick, four inches in diameter. You’ll receive one of each design (sorry, no mixing and matching). Created by Jason Lempieri, a contributor to the Hidden City Daily and founder of RethinkTANK, these coasters are an offshoot of his Under Cover series–a collection of functional miniature manholes from around the world. The very definition of a conversation piece!



NEW! Volunteer Fire Companies Map–$125

Before 1870, when Philadelphia created a City Fire Department, volunteer fire companies did the work of putting out blazes. This remarkable pictorial map created by the Insurance Company of North America in 1937 not only shows the location of each of the companies, but also their colorful uniforms, insignia, equipment and more! Click here to check out a much larger image that shows all the detials.



Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City–$150

Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City delves into one of America’s greatest and yet least understood cities. Written by Hidden City Daily co-founders Nathaniel Popkin and Pete Woodall, and photographed by one of America’s most lauded architectural photographers, Joseph E.B. Elliott. Rather than a nostalgic elegy to loss and urban decline, the book marks Philly’s vivid layers and living ruins. Keep it for yourself or gift it! Hardcover, 200 pg. Temple University Press, 2017.