This Is What Pennsylvania Looked Like 100 Years Ago... It May Surprise You
Time flies, but 100 years is still quite a long time. Pennsylvania’s landscape has changed in many ways, though some of the same buildings and businesses still stand. The biggest notable difference is that the world is no longer in black and white. Here are some incredible old photographs taken in Pennsylvania around the year 1915, from about 1911 to 1920. See if you can recognize any of the places pictured!
Hess Brothers in downtown Allentown was once a major attraction.
Here is a picture of the soda fountain at Hess Brothers. It was taken in 1913, the year it opened!
Allentown used to be a shopping destination for more than just Hess. Here is the 600 block of Hamilton Street as it stood in 1917. Shankweiler and Lehr department stores became big names in the upcoming years.
The Museum of the University of Pennsylvania clearly has a long-lasting legacy. Here it stands in 1915.
The Newton Hardware House in Newton was looking patriotic back in 1915.
The faces in group photos may change through the ages, but the awkwardness will always remain. Here we have a 1915 photograph of Carlisle Indian School Band seated on steps of a the school building.
Fans line up to enter Shibe Park in Philadelphia in 1914.
This is a drawing of a League Radio Station in York from the year 1916. The transmission poles are each 60 feet high.
Here we have a 1921 photo taken of The Deanery Garden at Bryn Mawr College.
This is a sight you definitely won't find these days! A group of breaker boys sorts coal in a South Pittston coal breaker in 1911.
Here is a 1911 shot of the B&O Railroad Depot in Pittsburgh.
Wow! Which of the pictures above was your favorite? Do you have any cool old pics? Share below!
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