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Philadelphia Almshouse, 1840

About This Item

Title

Philadelphia Almshouse, 1840

Subject

Almshouses
Hospitals, Urban
Blockley Almshouse
Philadelphia General Hospital
Pictorial Works

Description

Exterior view with Schuykill river in foreground.
Image taken from: Charles Lawrence, History of the Philadelphia Almshouse and Hospitals (1905).

Source

Original image: Philadelphia General Hospital Photograph Collection, Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, box 29, photo no. 13
Philadelphia General Hospital was originally part of the Philadelphia Almshouse, which was founded in 1731 for the city’s poor, elderly and indigent. Nicknamed “Old Blockley,” because of its location in Blockley Township of West Philadelphia, the hospital was renamed Philadelphia General Hospital in 1919. The hospital eventually closed in 1977. The images in this collection have been compiled from a number of sources but appear to be predominantly from the personal photo albums of attending physicians.

Publisher

Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date

1840

Identifier

PGH_29_13

Spatial Coverage

Philadelphia

Original Format

1 print

Physical Dimensions

20 x 26 cm

Citation

“Philadelphia Almshouse, 1840,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed November 26, 2020, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/814.