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