philadelphia map

#TBT to this circa 1863 birds-eye view showing Philadelphia southeast from Frankford Road toward the Delaware River, predominately depicting the open land surrounding the Aramingo Canal, Reading Railroad Depot between Lehigh Avenue and Somerset Street, and the Philadelphia, Trenton, and New York Railroad line.

The view features present-day Kensington, Port Richmond, and Fishtown neighborhoods #PortFishington

Boell, William. Birds-eye view of property on Alleghany Avenue Philadelphia 25th Ward formerly 19th looking S.E. from Frankford Road. [graphic]. [Philadelphia]: Lithographed & printed by William Boell] [c1863] 1 print: chromolithograph; 69 x 100 cm. (27.5 x 40 in.)

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The Philadelphia & West Interurban and a map of Midwest Interurbans.  Although the United States is now known for its highways and its gas guzzling cars, in the late 19th century going up to World War 2 the US was the biggest proponent of ‘interurban’ lines, electric trolley lines which turned into rail lines as they left one city to go to another.  In a time when most roads were unpaved the interurban was often the cheapest way to travel and by WW1 nearly 14,000 miles of interurban track were laid, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest, and in the 1920s interurbans were one of the largest industries in the United States.

The interurban died in the period around WW2, as cheap gas using cars became the norm, although they definitively died after the Second World War, when Eisenhower’s Interstate project put interurbans which had to pay for the very expensive infrastructure they had laid up against cars which ran on infrastructure provided for free by the government.

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Credit to my sissy, @missboudreau who thought of all of thid. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know how to use tumblr 😂😂😂😂 Before this convo, tanner takes Alison to the place where “Cyrus held her captive” and we see a flashback from Alison’s point of view. She has apparently been staying in that building. She walks in with Cyrus and says “let me introduce you to my friends”. Then it goes to her sleeping and she wakes up to a noise. It’s Cyrus leaving with her bag. She goes after him. They fight. He slices her leg open with a knife and then he and her friend leave after robbing her of everything.

Now here is their conversation at the end of 5x10. Cyrus is waiting in the woods when Alison walks up. Cyrus: I was beginning to think you might now show. There’s a warrant out for my arrest. I barely made it out in time, that wasn’t part of the deal we made. Alison: you’re lucky there was even a deal at all. I should have left you for des when I found you. No one would miss you, act, not for a second. **she then shows him a passport and a map of Philadelphia** Cyrus: you know I could have told them the truth about you - how we met - all the fun we had to together. Alison: so could I. But then we both lose. **hands him passport and map** now we both win. I found you once, and you can bet your life I can find you again. This is your one chance to start over, Cy. You better use it. Cyrus: the way you did, Ali?

Okay now here are my questions…. 1. Why does she have the dark wig on? 2. Why doesn’t he seem phased by the dark wig? In her flashback she had blonde hair. 3. How does she get a passport for him to leave town with? 4. How much does he know about her past? 5. How did they meet? 6.What does he know about her “starting over”?

And what of women’s homoerotic experiences in eighteenth-century Philadelphia? In England, some women used textual representations to help them fashion a homoerotic identity for themselves. Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister sought out classical texts for their descriptions of Sappho and used these as a measure of her sense of herself. Lister’s secret diary shows that she fashioned her identity through a dialectical process between textual representations of women who loved women and her understanding of her same-sex desire. Books themselves were represented in novels as important sources for sexual instruction. If there were women in Philadelphia interested in searching out models of female same-sex love and sexual desire, the texts Lister used were available.

Women loving women were presented in a broad range of genres from medical texts, stories of female husbands, and romantic friendships to erotic novels and tales of secret lesbian cabals. Again, Philadelphia booksellers imported and sold texts from all of these genres. Medical books, like Robert James’s Medicinal Dictionary describing “tribades,” whose sexual relations with other women made them “fonder of associating themselves with Women than Men,” and Dr. Tissot’s famous Onania, which describes sex between women as “clitorical” “pollution” known since the time of Sappho of Lesbos and “frequently practiced at present,” were available in Philadelphia. Sappho, the seventh-century B.C. Greek poet, and her sexual love of women were known to early modern readers of classical texts. The most candid of these were sold in Philadelphia.

—  Clare Lyons, Mapping an Atlantic Sexual Culture: Homoeroticism in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia