Friday, August 21, 2020



Hello, friends.  Hope you had a good Friday.  I have been spending much of my time in the hospital having tests.  Had two more yesterday and now have to go see a specialist next week.  It goes on and on.  But today I didn't have to go anywhere and it was nice.  I actually got to read about 4 chapters in my book.  Only 10 more chapters and the epilogue to go and then I will share it with you.

Today I thought I would go back in my old photo albums again and show you some pictures from August 5, 1979.  That's 41 years ago.  Wow!  I don't know where that time went because it sure doesn't seem that long ago.  I went to Olde City with some friends.  Unfortunately I used to keep these pictures in one of those magnetic photo albums and the color has drained away.  They are now in an album with just paper pages but the damage is done.  You can still see the pictures though.

This first one is the Second National Bank of the United States.  It opened in 1816 and was a bank until 1836.  Its main duty was to regulate public credit and to establish a sound and stable national currency.  Today it is a portrait gallery.  I have spent many hours in there looking at the paintings.  The one of Washington is huge and a spectacular painting.

Here is a horse and buggy ride.  There are still these kinds of rides in center city.

Of course this is the Liberty Bell.  It is in its old building.  A new state of the art larger building was erected two blocks from this site.  Everything is now climate controlled and there is an interactive space to tell you all about the bell.

Across the street from the Liberty Bell is Independence Hall.  It's been quite a while since I was in there.  I have to make sure I visit it once things open again.

This is the Betsey Ross House where the first flag was made.  Or so the story goes.  It is really interesting inside.  You can see how people lived in the 18th century.  I remember how tiny the stairs are in the house.  I could not get my entire foot on them.  People must have been much smaller in those days.

Elfreth's Alley is the oldest constantly inhabited street in the United States.  Since 1703 there has always been someone living in these houses.  In fact, the son of a lady I used to work with lived on this street.  One of the houses is a museum.  I must go see it sometimes.  I've been outside, but never inside.  It is so narrow that no traffic can go through it.  If you are having something like furniture delivered, the truck has to park on another street and the people carry the furniture to your house.

And finally a fife and drum corp that was performing on Independence Mall.  I always enjoy listening to the fife and drums.

Hope you enjoyed this trip through the past.  I have to find some more photos to share with you.

Have a good night and I HOPE to be back tomorrow.



  1. I love looking at old pictures. It reminds you of all the great things you've seen!

  2. I remember school trips to the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall.You're right
    about how narrow & small the houses are! I was a volunteer at Christmas time one year for Elfreth's Alley.We were allowed inside before the crowds arrived. The stoved are so small! (Have no idea how they fit the turkey in there...).If they open ,you should go at Christmas.Beautiful! Hope all your medical tests had good results.

  3. Thank you for the tour! Even though I live in PA I've never been to Philadelphia...not even when we had family living there. My grandfather's sister always wanted me to come down to stay and we'd go to the zoo, but I never got there and she moved back to this side of the state before she died. Maybe I can convince my husband to make a visit one day.

    1. You HAVE to is fantastic place to visit. Brenda B.

  4. Hi Kathy. This post brings back good memories of the summer I spent in Philadelphia in 2016. I love all the history and patriotism your city has. Hope you are feeling better and that you can get some answers from answers from your doctors. Have a good weekend. I will look forward to your next post.

  5. It sure has been a very long time since I visited any of these sites. I'm afraid that the vast majority of us kept our photos of that time in those awful magnetic albums. I certainly have my fair share of this look.

  6. Sorry your photos are almost ruined Kathy. Please get all the tests done and praying for good results. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  7. I've only ever driven through PA and it's on my bucket list to take a trip there one day. Thanks for the quick pic tour! It's a shame the color has been lost. I hope the tests come out OK. Take care and have a good weekend.

  8. You certainly live in a historic district of this great country and I enjoyed the pictures. Hope you will feel better soon and get some answers from the doctors and tests. Have a blessed Sunday.

  9. Love this...loved the area when I visited. Love your blog...I sense a pattern here...I don't comment often because it won't let me on Iphone and Ipad...Have to go to laptop, and I don't do that often. Keep writing. I miss your blog when you are not of the best ever. Thank you.

  10. Ah, wouldn't you love to have a room like the one in your picture at the top of your blog? I'd certainly love it:)

  11. Thank you for sharing. I've never been there, so I enjoyed your photos. I'm hoping all your tests come back great. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

  12. Always fun to see pictures from the past. Hope you have a great "rest of the week".

  13. Nice photos, even though the color isn't as good as used to be. Had that happen as well. I do have better photo albums now. I actually took some out of an album and put it in another, better one, that is acid free. I remember being in England and how some of the older houses had shorter doors inside. I remember Phil and another few tall friends had to lean over or bonk their heads. Take care!


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