This Rare Footage In The 1950s Shows Philadelphia Like You’ve Never Seen Before

In the 1950s, Philadelphia was a busy city of skyscrapers, suffering sports teams, and booming growth. Independence Mall was recognized as a National Historic Park, the city’s population peaked at more than 2 million residents, and both the Phillies and the Athletics dragged their fans through losing seasons, sharing Shibe Park for the first half of the decade, and calling their home Connie Mack Park after the legendary “Old Man of Baseball” passed away.

Check out this incredible footage of the ’50s in Philadelphia for a real throwback to college football at Franklin Field and a time when the Ben Franklin Parkway wasn’t jammed with traffic at all hours of the day.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

What’s your favorite memory of Philadelphia from way back when? If you’re anything like me, it might be visiting the oldest candy store in the country, Shane Confectionary. Visiting the candy store, and the adjacent Franklin Fountain, will make you feel like a kid again, and bring you back in time to a vintage soda fountain and penny candy days.