THE WINNER: “Now, let’s get that Brazilian started.”

Congratulations Mike Guggino You Are Going To See Lee Scratch Perry! Enjoy!

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 27,000 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 goddamned 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! Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend us your wit! Send in your idea of a clever caption for the above image to First prize is a pair of tix to see Lee Scratch Perry at World Cafe Live this Sunday night!!! Second prize, a set of steak knives. Third prize, YOU’RE FIRED!

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