Free Library of Philadelphia, Print and Picture Collection


Free Library of Philadelphia, Print and Picture Collection


Free Library of Philadelphia.

Collection Items

Portrait of John T. Gibson
Black and white portrait of John T. Gibson, owner of the Standard Theater.

Gimbels Department Store
A photo of Gimbels Department Store, Philadelphia, 1899

O.V. Catto School
The O.V. Catto School was an all Black school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 26 North 42nd Street. The school was built so White and Black students did not have to attend school together. Isadore Martin Sr. refused to send his son, I.…

Newton School on 36th Street, Philadelphia (Pa.)
The Newton School was located on 36th Street between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street. The school was an integrated elementary school. I. Maximilian Martin Jr. attended the school, but not until after his father Isadore Martin Sr. threatened…

Dunbar Theater Advertisement
Newspaper ad to see the Lafayette Players at the Dunbar Theater in 1921.

Broad Street Station
Broad Street Station played a serious role in the First Great Migration. Southern migrants would arrive here, where different employers, churches, and community organizers would meet them to help them adjust to their new lives in Philadelphia
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