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Robert Masciantonio

Robert Masciantonio attended Shippensburg University where he received his BA in Political Science and History. A proud native of Delaware County, Masciantonio carries a lifelong fascination with Philadelphia's deep, layered past. He has an strong interest in photography and architecture, with an emphasis on industry and institutions.

In Kensington, Old Textile Mill To Be Revived With Apartments

In Kensington, Old Textile Mill To Be Revived With Apartments

May 7, 2019  |  Preservation

Gotham Hosiery, once the country's most popular pantyhose manufacturer, quickly rose to fame and crashed even faster. Now, the nearly 100-year-old mill at 2nd and Norris is getting a residential makeover. Rob Masciantonio dives deep into the history of the old textile mill and details on plans for redevelopment > more

Piecing Together The Lost History Of Wirt & Knox

Piecing Together The Lost History Of Wirt & Knox

March 14, 2019  |  History

Rob Masciantonio tracks down the elusive origins of an abandoned factory in Strawberry Mansion > more

The Budd Company: An Industrial Icon That Broke The Mold

The Budd Company: An Industrial Icon That Broke The Mold

August 2, 2018  |  History

Robert Masciantonio dives deep into the history of Philadelphia's groundbreaking industrial powerhouse, the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company > more

Industrial Heritage On Washington Avenue Destroyed

Industrial Heritage On Washington Avenue Destroyed

May 2, 2018  |  Photography

Demolition of Frankford Chocolate Factory has begun. Rob Masciantonio gives us a look inside > more

Flexible Flyer Factory Glides Into Obscurity

Flexible Flyer Factory Glides Into Obscurity

February 8, 2016  |  History

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