Laying The Giant Money Laundering Pipes That Used To Grease The Wheels Of City Hall With Filthy Lucre


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The City of Philadelphia?s photo archive contains over 2 million images that date back as far as the late 1800s, i.e. the last time a Republican won in this town. In all seriousness, this is an INCREDIBLE visual record of the city?s evolution and a relatively new web site,, is making it available for online consumption and purchase. To date, some 22,000 images have been digitally scanned, at a rate of roughly 2,000 images a month. So, if you?ve been wondering why the line at Kinko?s is so godamnned SLOW, well, now you know. Phawker will be showcasing images from the PhillyHistory archive and their respective backstories on a regular basis. And to just to make local history fun, let?s have a WRITE YOUR OWN CAPTION contest right fuckin? NOW! So lend us your wit, send in your idea of a makes-milk-shoot-out-yer-nose caption for the above image to First prize is a pair of tix to see THE SLIP at World Cafe Live February 28th. Second prize, a set of steak knives. Third prize, YOU’RE FIRED!

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