Property’s Morning Obsession: Christopher Morley’s “Travels in Philadelphia”

morley2We won’t lie: You can read this collection of delightful, funny and vivid essays about Philadelphia on Google Books, but you can’t see the illustrations, which is half the fun. And this particular copy is from 1921, the year the book came out.

Author Christopher Morley was a quirky sort–for fun he liked to go to libraries and read the newest dictionaries–but as a columnist for the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, he was a keen and witty observer of the city’s character.

Here are a few tidbits from the book:

Tidbit 1: “Sanctity”

Tidbit 2: “Long-haired hatless philospher, stew”

To buy this lovely copy of the book, go here.