Throwback Thursday: Harry Eberlin’s Bin, Part 1

Every week William Way Executive Director Chris Bartlett and I meet for a rummage through the LGBT community center’s John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives, a veritable treasure trove of relics from gay Philadelphia’s past.

Today, we share images picked from a bin of photos donated to the archives after it was discovered in the basement of  late Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) photographer Harry Eberlin‘s longtime partner Richard DeMatt. The photos span the past few decades, and feature some local LGBT notables, like PGN publisher Mark Segal, Philly leather community matriarch Pearl, Woody’s founder and Knock owner Bill Wood, and even a baby-faced Ed Rendell. 

We weren’t able to identify everyone, so feel free to comment below or email me if you recognize anyone in the photos.



Have photos from Philly’s LGBT past you’d like to share? Submit them to Josh Middleton at jmiddleton@phillymag.com

The History of July 4th Parkway Concerts In Philadelphia

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Back in May, when we were writing about the announcement of this year’s 4th of July concert on the Parkway, we went looking for a list of all of the July 4th concerts in Philadelphia from the last 20 years. But we couldn’t find one. So, we dug deep into the archives to make our own list. Here, in the interest of of historical preservation, the last 20 years of July 4th concerts in Philadelphia. Read more »

Philly’s LGBT Senior Housing Center, the John C. Anderson Apartments, Gets Opening Ceremony Treatment

Photo by HughE Dillon.

Photo by HughE Dillon.

Tenants began moving into the John C. Anderson Apartments in mid-January, but Philly’s only housing center for LGBT seniors got official opening-ceremony treatment this morning. Local paparazzo HughE Dillon pointed out that it was one of the most power-filled events he’d been to in a while, and he was right. All kinds of Pennsylvania dignitaries showed up to be part of the festivities — from Governor Ed Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter to Representative Bob Brady and State Treasurer — and gubernatorial candidate — Rob McCord.

More photos after the jump

Mark Segal Inducted Into LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame

Boisterous local publisher Mark Segal has been inducted into the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame for his 38-year career in building the Philadelphia Gay News. Inducted alongside the Bay Area Reporter‘s Bob Ross, Segal was credited in a statement with creating one of the “most well-respected and enduring LGBT publications in the country” since PGN first went to print in 1976. The LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame was created in 2005 to honor reporters and editors who dedicate themselves to LGBT issues in the media, and has since honored just 23 such individuals. Segal, for his part, was “overwhelmed with emotion” at the honor. [Advocate]