Phoenixville is a journey through time, looking into the nineteenth century and exploring the birth of a community just outside the reach of Philadelphia. The journey begins with the explosive growth of the 1880s and chronicles the town's evolution over the next one hundred years. Phoenixville is a cross section of evocative images and text, each destined to challenge the memory and entice curiosity. Postcards are used to illustrate places and events from a time when cameras were a new phenomenon, presenting a unique view of Phoenixville's social and industrial achievements, as seen through the eyes of its people. The images spark an array of interesting questions and insights. How did a business called the Swastika Company ever exist on Main Street? Were there really trolley tracks on Bridge Street? What happened to the glass dome that once adorned the top of the library? Phoenixville reveals that St. Ann's Catholic Church looks much the same now as it did in 1910, and little evidence still exists of the sprawling Phoenix Steel Corporation, which once spanned the length of town.
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1910 photograph shows 20th century advertising Ann's Catholic Church background Bridge and Main Buchanan Street building is located building's Byrne family Charles Doran Chester Counties Church Street club Colonial Theater corner of Bridge corner of Nutt courtesy of Glenn Courtesy of Larry covered bridge Dayton Street demolished Despite early-1950s photograph East Bridge Street entrance facade front Gay Street Bridge intersection Keinard Collection Larry Swartz late located on Main Main Street Masonic building Mechanics National Bank Morgan Street Nutt Road original structure parking lot Phoenix Hotel Phoenix Iron Company Phoenix Steel Corporation Phoenixville Area Phoenixville High School Phoenixville Hospital Phoenixville's north side photograph was taken porch postcard shows Pothouse Road Prospect Street Reeves Park removed long ago restaurant Rialto Theater Route 23 Schuylkill River Seacrist's Second Avenue serving Phoenixville shows the Phoenix storefronts Street at Morgan Third Avenue torn down long trolley West Bridge YMCA