The Philadelphia Tribune, September 26, 1920,
The Tribune is a weekly paper, printed on Saturdays. It is more of a social paper and outlet for local newes, rather than a serious news periodical. Reoccurring articles useful for research in regards to the built landscape are:
-"In and About the City"- This provides social announcements such as weddings, births, moves, etc.. This allows one to track households and social patterns for the time period.
-"Flashes & Sports"- This section is dedicated to Social News. It lists society club minutes (which allows one to see which home was the host for the meeting) and coming events which also provides building location and use. For example: "When you're at the Palace Roller Skating Rink, 39th and Market Streets, don't fail to visit the refreshment stand." This section also lists families' vacation plans and locations, as well as obituaries which prove useful in deed research.
-Local News- Articles of interest may include "Among the Churches" which provides useful land-use information.
-Real Estate for Sale- Provides address and description of land and improvements which will be useuful for deed research, as well as analyzing the evolution of a particular landscape and its trends in use.
While the Tribune is really more of a social commentary, it actually chronicles the lives and activities of a town. In this way it allows one to comprehend the built landscape and its subsequent changes. The only drawback, however, is that it is geared towards the upper-crust of society and omits lower-class news. With a bit of deduction, though, this periodical proves to be a valuable research tool.
The Philadelphia Record,
The paper is mostly concerned with national political(it is an election year) and local news. Deep in the paper there are several stories about both urban and suburban architecture. One article called "Splendid Structure to House New Municipal Court" cantains an artists rendering and lengthy description of the structure that still stands at 20th and Race. Further in the paper two whole pages are devoted to cars and highways- one way to measure changes in the built landscape. By far the best source for information concerning historic structures is the Sunday Magazine section. This particular week there was a feature on Wall Street in NYC, including maps and photographs. In the article it stated that Wall Street is the best known and least understood street in the U.S. The magazine also contained a lengthy illustrated article on the nearby coal town of shamokin. Also the weekly feature "Nubbins of News" contained brief articles describing international architecture including this week a Polish cathedral and the Tower of Pisa.
The Philadelphia Inquirer,
The focus of the Sunday, Septmember 26, 1920 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer was more on Harding's campaign and women's sufrage. Arrests, especially to communists and socialists, were other prominent themes. On the front page however, an article detailing the housing shortage in Philadelphia was a major headline, exclaiming the issue was a "city crisis". Funding shortages were to blame, money allocated for city dwellings was overshadowed by the construction of commercial buildings. Only 1170 dwellings were built on record for the year, when 20,000 plus were in demand for housing. Two to three families were occupying a single house in "tenement-style fashion". The article made no mention of a remedy for the situation.