Fading Ads of Philadelphia at the Philadelphia History Museum


Philadelphia-native, designer, and author Lawrence O’Toole will speak about Philadelphia’s historically significant hand-painted outdoor signage dating from the late-1800s to the 1960s. Fading Ads of Philadelphia at the Philadelphia History Museum, is part of the History Museum’s popular Conversations series.

Philadelphia was a once a booming industrial city, but as factories and big businesses began to close in communities such as Fishtown, Kensington, Manayunk, and Northern Liberties, they left behind ghostly traces of the past through outdoor signage and advertisements. Even in their faded state, the signs have much to tell us about bygone businesses, from chocolate produced by Wilbur’s to beer once brewed by Gretz. Conversations: Fading Ads of Philadelphia is a fresh, surprising, and enchanting way to discover more about Philadelphia’s hidden history.

Program attendees are welcome to tour the Museum from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at the museum’s website or by calling 215-685-4827. Members of the Philadelphia History Museum receive free admission to the event.

Fading Ads of Philadelphia at the Philadelphia History Museum
Event Category: Conferences
When: May 16, 2013
Time: 5:00pm
More Info: http://www.philadelphiahistory.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhiladelphiaHistoryMuseum
Twitter: https://twitter.com/philahistory


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