Sunday, April 17, 2016

Colorful 1930s postcard of McClatchy Building in Upper Darby

This postcard, published by Lynn H. Boyer Jr., showcases the John H. McClatchy Building in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The stunning Art Deco building, which I believe was finished and opened in 1929, is adjacent to the 69th Street Terminal, which opened in 1907.

Although this postcard states that the McClatchy Building is in Philadelphia, it's actually in Upper Darby (though really just a stone's throw from the city). The building has housed many different businesses over the decades. If you look closely, you can see that Whelan Drug Company had street-level space, and there are also signs for S.S. Kresge Company and Franklin Fire Insurance Company.

You can view some nice detailed photos of the McClatchy Building taken in 2012 in this Curbed article.

This postcard was postmarked in Philadelphia in 1932 and mailed to a woman in New York City. The short message states:
Ann: Just stopping here — visiting my sister — Leaving for Atlantic City.
It's not clear why Georgia put quotation marks around her name. And it never will be.

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