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The Philadelphia Jews that popularized the hot dog

Before Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood became the trendy neighborhood it is today, the area was known as Philadelphia's Jewish Quarter, and it was one of the earliest hot dog hot spots.

Best map of Philly in the Rumsey collection

Stanford University Libraries just launched the Rumsey Collection, a historic archive of thousands of maps. Here's the coolest map of Philadelphia I found in the archive.

The F.F.V.

I've been getting into railroad-themed folk music recently, and wanted to share notes on one song I've grown to love.

Who was Gertrude Bell?

You probably already surmised a bit about Bell from the photo atop – she’s third from the left, Winston Churchill second, and T.E. Lawrence furthest to the left.

On Henri Rousseau, age, and naivety

A 2009 visit to the Barnes Museum in Lower Merion introduced me to Rousseau, whose style I instantly adored and whose story I came to respect.

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