South side of Market Street above Eighth Street, March 1880

Philadelphia, Pa.

At the left, "G. O. Kelley & Co,." a furniture and dry goods store, is housed in a four-storey red building. A dresser with mirror is painted on the wall to the right of the entrance. The next building, the same height but divided into five stories, is "Allegheny House." A decorative wrought iron railing crosses the building at the second floor level. It holds the "Climax Folding Bed" business and an unnamed "Hair Dressing" shop. The numbers of these business indicated below the lower margin are #812 and #814. Next are three businesses housed in a 3 1/2-storey building with a common roof. One is a shirt manufactory. A blue banner advertising "Special Brewing All Brown Stout" is fixed to the front of the building and extends to a pole at curbside. Next is "Lutz & Crother" which has men's clothing in the display window. At the second storey level is a sign advertising "Show Cards." The third establishment, #820, houses "Park Boots & Shoes, Ladies, Girls & Children's Shoe Emporium." The five storey "Commercial Hotel" is next right. At street level, housed to the left side is "S. Aaron Clothing" in the "Commercial Clothing Hall". This advertisement is on the sides of the awning which covers the sidewalk to the curb. To the right is the "Ladies Entrance" to the hotel. At the right margin of the picture is a 3 1/2-storey "Tobacco & ___ Manufactory." A closed delivery wagon rides the tracks going in one direction; an open flatbed wagon with a load of merchandise rides the tracks going in the opposite direction. A Haddington horsecar, which route includes West Philadelphia and the Market Street Ferry, is also in the scene. At curbside are three other horse-drawn vehicles. One is an open delivery wagon; a second is a closed passenger coach, and the third is an open vehicle. There is also a man pushing a loaded handcart. Some workmen and some passersby, mostly adults, are visible. Two telegraph poles are also in view.

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