Headlines of Yore
Stories from Philadelphia’s history by Avi Wolfman-Arent, as recalled through past newspaper headlines around the region.
Delaware couple John and Mary Dunning did not have a happy marriage.
It took two court battles, including a Supreme Court case, to change the status quo at what was considered a bastion of academic excellence.
The Fab Four rode into town on the back of a fish truck, per famed Philly DJ Hy Lit.
He worked for the Fleer Corporation, which had great luck with Chiclets and was also known for trading cards.
Few properties capture the boom-and-bust nature of AC better than this era-spanning destination.
In the 1930s, the only flight school willing to train Black pilots was located in the Philadelphia area.
Opened as a movie house, it faltered in the postwar years — until rock promoter Rick Green came around.
The layout and character of deep South Philadelphia is forever tied to the Sesquicentennial.
There are few Philadelphia tales stranger or sadder.
It’s thought that Harry Gold began working for the USSR because of the antisemitism he experienced growing up.
The founding father left the city a bunch of money, but his will specified it couldn’t be used until 200 years after his death.
Frank Waxman eventually pleaded guilty to theft of eight pieces, a fraction of the 100-plus he’s thought to have nabbed.
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