Look back at Philadelphia & its suburbs back in the ’50s & ’60s

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Idyllic scenes from Philadelphia's suburbs in 1962

Greater Philadelphia… a great place to raise your family (1962)

Greater Philadelphia has everything a family needs for a happy, healthy, well-rounded life.

Idyllic scenes from Philadelphia's suburbs in 1962

Evidence of this is the great number of owner-occupied homes here. This means a steady, reliable workforce with an above-average interest in their community and careers — one of the most important reasons Greater Philadelphia is the nation’s leading industrial center.

Add a huge port, a far-reaching land and air transportation network, ready access to raw materials and markets. abundant electricity and the conclusion is obvious: Greater Philadelphia is not only a great place to raise a family, but an ideal location for business or industry.


A quiet street of homes in the Philadelphia suburbs

Idyllic scenes from Philadelphia's suburbs in 1962

Idyllic scenes from Philadelphia's suburbs in 1962


Open-air concerts in Philadelphia

Idyllic scenes from Philadelphia's suburbs in 1962


Schools in the Philadelphia area

Idyllic scenes from Philadelphia's suburbs in 1962


Playing ball in a beautiful park with the Philly skyline behind

Idyllic scenes from Philadelphia's suburbs in 1962


Modern hospitals in Pennsylvania

Idyllic scenes from Philadelphia's suburbs in 1962

Philadelphia Electric Company: An Investor-Owned Company with more than 100,000 Stockholders — Serving the world’s greatest Industrial area, Delaware Valley.


Prosperous Greater Philadelphia – 1957

Prosperous Greater Philadelphia - 1957


Business transportation in Greater Philadelphia – 1957

Business transportation in Greater Philadelphia - 1957


Industry thrives in Greater Philadelphia – 1955

Industry thrives in Greater Philadelphia - 1955

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Shipping via Philadelphia’s “ocean highway” 1952

Philadelphia ocean highway 1952


Philadelphia downtown construction and buildings in 1959

Philadelphia downtown construction and buildings in 1959


Philadelphia highways in 1965

Philadelphia highways in 1965 (1)

Philadelphia highways in 1965 (2)

Philadelphia highways in 1965

Philadelphia scenes from 1965 (1)

Philadelphia scenes from 1965 (2)

Philadelphia scenes from 1965 (3)


Philadelphia Society Hill home restorations in 1959

Philadelphia Society Hill home restorations in 1959


Philadelphia shops/mall in 1965

Philadelphia shops in 1965

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