On September 22 North Country At Work visited Philadelphia for a photo scanning session, and thanks to individual donors and the Philadelphia Historical Society Museum, we came away with over fifty photos of work, and a real picture of the industries that built the town. Philadelphia feels a little sleepy now, but it had its heyday, and the photos prove it.
Frieda Kent, lifetime resident of Philadelphia, boiled it down to this: the chair factory, the railroad (as Philadelphia was a major passenger railroad junction for lines running to Syracuse, Utica/Rome, Clayton, and St. Lawrence County), and dairy farming and milk products (they’re fiercely protective of Philadelphia Cream Cheese!). For a look at Philadelphia’s work history, check out some photo highlights below!
Our next photo scanning is on October 6 in Heuvelton – if you’re from the surrounding area, we hope to see you there.