Amazing Vintage Videos Chronicle Philadelphia As Far Back as the 1940s

vintage philadelphia videos

After you’re done debating whether to go with the “Amaro” or “Sierra” filter on your next #tbt post, we’ve got some ultimate throwback footage for you that requires absolutely #nofilter. The Philadelphia Department of Records (PDR) has released a series of vintage Philly videos that chronicle the city as far back as the 1940s.

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Week in Review: Guns, Kittens, and Baseball

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all the stuff you missed at PhillyMag.com. Here were some of our favorite pieces from the week gone by:

 

The Millennial Revolution: We’re Committed to the City

Erica Palan, 28. Photo by Chris Sembrot

Erica Palan, 28

It’s 9 p.m. on a Saturday night, and my boyfriend and I are driving toward the Philadelphia skyline. We’ve had a lovely evening visiting friends who just bought a house in Ambler. We giggled at old photos, had burgers and beers on the deck, and played board games in a room with track lighting and Yankee Candles. Then we headed back home to Fishtown to begin our evening

“Let’s never move to the suburbs,” my boyfriend says as we sip lagers at our neighborhood dive bar. “I just think we’d be so … boring.”

He’s not alone. For many millennials, suburbia’s white picket fences are looking more and more like cages. In August, Leigh Gallagher, author of the new book The End of the Suburbs, told this magazine, “Millennials don’t really have any interest in this kind of cul-de-sac life. They’re not saying they hate suburbs entirely, but they want to be someplace where they can walk everywhere.”
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Philly Still Leads Country in Smartphone Thefts

NBC 10 reports on a study from mobile security firm Lockout, which re-affirms that Philadelphia is just a lousy place to hang onto your smartphone. A great place to lose that phone? On SEPTA, apparently. 6ABC reports:

SEPTA smartphone robberies also factored into Philadelphia’s top position atop this list.

“Thirty-nine cell phones, on average, were lost or stolen each month last year throughout SEPTA’s mass transit system according to the transit police,” AAA said.

In March, after several thefts, SEPTA made a push to help keep riders from being easy targets. They handed out informational flyers.

Of course, this is nothing new. Back in November, Lockout released another report with pretty much the same information. So. Philly still is a dangerous place for smartphones. Nothing’s changed.