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VIEWS OF PHILADELPHIA 1800 • 1960 • 2000
A COMPARATIVE RECORD
A COMPARATIVE RECORD OF 1800 • 1960 • 1982
BY S. ROBERT TEITELMAN AND HOWELL J. HEANEY
PUBLISHED BY THE FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA 1982
AND BY THE FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIHA
AND THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS 1983
FIRST PRINTING OF 1200 COPIES.
SECOND PRINTING IN 2003.
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Text copyright ©2000, The Free Library of Philadelphia and S. Robert Teitelman. Photographs Copyright ©2000, S. Robert Teitelman.
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S. Robert Teitelman is a retired attorney who lives in New Jersey. He continues to serve on boards of a varity of non-profit organizations in Philadelphia and New Jersey.
To my niece, SYDNEY A. LEFKOE and my nephew, ROY T. LEFKOE who have shared the joy of this project from its inception. They appear with their mother, my sister, MILDRED T. LEFKOE in the 1960 photograph, Plate 21.
And to my niece, NANCY, Roy's wife and their children REBECCA and MICHAEL who appear as a family in the 2000 photographs, plates 21 and 22.
It is my hope they will choose to continue this comparative record.
The Free Library of Philadelphia is very pleased to collaborate in the publication of The Two Hundredth Anniversary Edition of Birch's Views of Philadelphia...with Photographs of the Sites in 1960 and 2000 and Commentaries by S. Robert Teitelman. This handsome book is a sequel to the author's earlier comparative record of views of Philadelphia in 1800, 1960 and 1982, first published by the Library in 1982 and co-published with the University of Pennsylvania Press in 1983.
Bob Teitelman takes the reader to some of the most historically significant locations in Philadelphia as they appeared at the end of the 18th, the middle of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century. With an eye of an artist capturing the faces of his beloved children, he chronicles changing facades of our city. His photographs, like the Birch prints, are a legacy for future generations.
Birch's Views will help Philadelphians, and indeed visitors from throughout the world, to know and appreciate our beautiful and historic city. Through this book, school children and historians, teenagers and seniors can share a sense of pride in Philadelphia as it has evolved over the last 200 years.
A beautiful exhibition at the Free Library of Philadelphia of a framed set of Birch's original engravings, lent by Mr. Teitelman, together with his photographs of the same sites, will introduce this Two Hundredth Anniversary Edition of Birch's Views of Philadelphia. During the exhibition the Library's splendid leather bound folio of the original engravings will be on view in the Rare Book Department. After the exhibition closes, copies of Mr. Teitelman's photographs will become permanent additions to the Central Library's Print and Picture Collection. The legacy of Birch's Views will live on. I hope you will enjoy this fine book and visit the Free Library to experience the originals.
Elliot L. Shelkrot
President and Director
Free Library of Philadelphia
September 1, 2000