Philadelphia Suburban Life is
a journal that was
published in Philadelphia at the beginning of the twentieth century. The publication was a response to the explosion of development in the suburbs, particularly catering to the interests of the affluent clientele that chose the area to build their “country estate.” The articles, the photographs, and the advertisements in this intriguing source offer a glimpse at the privileged way of life that characterized the suburban experience. Also included are several classified advertisements from the Philadelphia Inquirer of the same
years, in order to provide a contrast to those ads geared towards the
general public, and those featured in this publication.
Suburban Lifebecame American Suburbs in March 1910, and its focus changed to suburban living nationwide. The Free Library of Philadelphia has a collection of the issues from September 1909 to December 1911. Though limited, this specialized periodical provides an captivating look at the richness of suburban life, and the underlying cultural milieu that led to their formation.
click on a surburb to see maps from 1908 and 1913 (careful, they are PDFs)