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Lost Philadelphia

Ed Mauger



ISBN: 9781909108448

Price: £14.99

Publication date: 28 February 2013

Series: Then and Now

Category: Lifestyle & Gardening

Lost Philadelphia is the latest in the series from Anova Books that traces the cherished places in a city that time, progress and fashion have swept aside before the National Register of Historic Places could save them from the wrecker’s ball.

Organised chronologically, starting with the earliest losses and ending with the latest, the book features much-loved Philadelphia insitutions that failed to stand the test of time, such as the Horn & Hardart automat or the Market Street ferries.

Grand buildings erected in the Victorian era that were too costly to be refurbished, or movie theaters that the age of television made redundant are featured. Philadelphia’s tradition of shipbuilding is one of the more recent losses with the Navy Yard closing in 1995 and the historic Cramp & Sons shipyard disappearing much earlier in 1946.

Lost Philadelphia is a nostalgic journey back in time to visit some of the lost treasures that the city let slip through its grasp.


Edward A. Mauger left a successful career at Rutgers University to found Paideia, a company that celebrates the eighteenth century. His research has led to a series of unique walking tours in Philadelphia, “America’s most walkable city” including ‘Saints and Scoundrels.’ He has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and the History Channel and is the author of Philadelphia Then and Now, Atlantic City Then and Now (both Thunder Bay) and Philadelphia in Pictures (Random House).