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Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

On this block in 1927

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), December 17, 2022
1. On this block in 1927 Marker
Inscription.  
The building located at the southeast corner of Broad and Pine Streets became home to the Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA) in 1924 after it merged with a newly formed organization called the Young Women's Hebrew Society (YWHA). The purpose of this building was to create a cultural, educational and social meeting place for the Jewish community of Philadelphia. The image to the left from 1927 shows the limestone and brick building, designed by architects Frank Eugene Hahn and Paul Philippe Cret, which included a health and fitness center with an Olympic-sized pool and a fully-accredited nursery school.

The building became known as the "Gershman Y" in 1985 when it was dedicated in honor of Charles and Elizabeth Gershman. Today, while the building is owned by the University of the Arts, it still houses the Gershman Y including The Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in the Adolph and Rose Levis Museum, The Borowsky Art Gallery and The Open Lens Photography Gallery.

In 1927
President:
Calvin Coolidge (R)
Mayor: Richard Vaux (D)
Philadelphia population: 1,823,779

Events
January
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7 — First trans-Atlantic telephone call was made from New York City to London.

May 20-21 — First solo non-stop trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris by Charles Lindbergh.

May 23 — The first demonstration of television before a live audience. Nearly 600 members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers view the demonstration at the Bell Telephone Building in New York.

Wonder Bread was introduced by Taggert Baking Company of Indianapolis.

The first compulsory automobile insurance law was passed in Massachusetts.

A study was performed on the brains of "three scholars," who joined "The Brain Club" or "The American Antropometric Society" including the famed physician Sir William Osler. Osler actually wrote a note as he lay dying directing that his brain be removed and shipped to the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. The study claimed to find difference between the brains of the elite and the less intelligent. Modern scientists have failed to see any marked differences. The brains now rest in a dark closet at the Wistar Institute, the nation's oldest non-profit medical research center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

Money matters
Weekly income of Greta Garbo after the release of "Flesh and the Devil": $5,000
Loaf
On this block in 1927 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), December 17, 2022
2. On this block in 1927 Marker
The marker can be found on the bus shelter.
of bread:
10˘
Butter: 57˘/pound
Coffee: 45˘/pound
Sombrero: $1.98
Iron: $4.95
Mouthwash: 79˘
Toothbrush: 25˘
Cost of Charles Lindbergh's Ryan Monoplane: $18,000
Baseball: $1.39
Fishing rod: $4.37
Trolley:
Bus fare: 8˘, 15˘ for 2 tokens

 
Erected by Center City District; Ride! Philadelphia.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceChurches & ReligionCommunicationsIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, Ride! Philadelphia series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 7, 1927.
 
Location. 39° 56.745′ N, 75° 9.913′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. It is in Rittenhouse Square. Marker is at the intersection of South Broad Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling south on South Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 322 S Broad St, Philadelphia PA 19107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hooters (within shouting distance of this marker); Jody Gerson (within shouting distance of this marker); Evelyn Champagne King
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(within shouting distance of this marker); The O'Jays (within shouting distance of this marker); Jill Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); Joe Nicolo / Chris Schwartz (within shouting distance of this marker); Sister Sledge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jaco Pastorius (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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