10 Cool Instagram Shots of PNB Letters Coming Down

The letters on the flatbed truck, destined for the scrapyard. Photo: Bradley Maule.

The letters on the flatbed truck, destined for the scrapyard. Photo: Bradley Maule.

One South Broad Street, a Beaux Arts building commissioned by the Wanamaker family that opened in 1932, underwent a quarter of a transformation this weekend when three of its iconic, 16-foot-high PNB letters — installed more than a half-century ago — were removed on Sunday.

The change was due to new ownership of the John T. Windrim-designed building: Aion Partners bought the building for $68 million in April, but as Hidden City reports, the removal of the letters has been a long time coming: “Removal of the letters was first approved by the Philadelphia Historical Commission in 2005, when Wachovia wanted to replace the PNB with branding of its own. (The Founder’s Bell and its belfry are on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, while the building itself is not.)”

Below, some Instagrammer shots (including my own) of the letter removal, which will continue next week, perhaps, though the precise date hasn’t been nailed down. The letters, by the way, are headed to the scrapyard. Shame Vanna White isn’t in town.

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14 #GayPhilly Instagrams You Should See This Week: This is How We Ride



Video: “Philly Home Portrait”

Photo by Cory J. Popp

Photo by Cory J. Popp

Austin Hodges and Billy Cress have a unique way of showcasing Philadelphia’s sly beauty: photographing its residential facades. Using the hashtag #phillyhomeportrait on the popular image-sharing app Instagram, they have between them more than 44,00 followers. Each photo they post gets hundreds, sometimes thousands, of likes. They’ve also self-published two books about the homes.

A short film called Philly Home Portrait — which comes online today — takes a deeper look at their process. “I love this story because it’s all about being aware of the everyday beauty around us,” says filmmaker Cory Popp. “It’s easy to pass these places without thinking twice, but these home portraits are a conscious effort to capture that beauty.”

Popp has taken the same kind of photos, and now has a dedicated site where prints are available for sale.

Video and stills below.

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Gay Philly Instagrams You Must See: The Early Bird Edition

We normally post a roundup of our must-see Gay Philly Instagrams at the end of the week, but it’s July 4th this Friday.  Instead of depriving our readers of their eye candy, we opted to share our favorite snapshots before everyone heads down to the shore for the weekend.  Think of it as an early bird special.



10 Philly Fashion Instagrams to See This Week: Cute Bikinis, Summer Shorts, and the Maxi Dress to Buy Now

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Kimono-sleeved maxi dresses, racks of vintage and sweet tees tickled our fancy.

Another week, another bevy of fashionable ‘grammers. Keep scrolling for the pics that caught our eye, including a must-have maxi dress and a made-in-Philly bikini we’re dying to sport this summer. Oh, and remember to follow Shoppist right here.

Click here to see our picks.

10 Philly Fashion Instagrams You Need to See This Week: World Cup Nails, Mismatch Prints and Floral Denim

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Kudos Shoppists, it was another stylish week for Philadelphians. Today’s installment of our Instagram roundup includes everything from World Cup nail art (we really want this to be a trend), the most amazing floral jeans, and a giant earring that doesn’t weigh down your earlobe (a difficult feat). Now, start off your weekend with a burst of style inspiration. Happy Friday!

Keep reading for stylish snaps!

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