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Bell Tavern, 48 South 8th Street, 1859

Bell Tavern, 48 South 8th Street, 1859

"Built before 1828, this small tavern, described as a "hole in the wall," is said to have been a popular gathering place for politicians. James Boylen, whose name is on the sign beneath the window, was the owner after 1845.--OPEP, p. 82.

The building surrounded by other buildings. Barrels lining sidewalk in front. Sign: "Jas. Boylen's Bottleing cellar for porter ale, cider of ... quality, NB Empty bottles bought here."

Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.

Digital Collection Item No: pdcl00079

Image source: Philadelphiana Collection, the Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia

 

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