Cornerspotter is a Curbed Philly feature in which we show you a historical photo of the city and you tell us where the photo was taken. The prize? Your name here along with our promise to spot you for a soft pretzel. Send your guesses to our tipline: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Jeff Mitchell, who identified not only the street, but suggested the exact address: 114 Elfreth's Alley. He sent along the below photo for contemporary identification:
Jeff says he's not a history buff, but likes walking around that area and was there just a couple weeks ago. In light of that stroll, our Cornerspotter photo rang a bell.
As for the hint, Elfreth's Alley is known as the country's oldest continuously occupied residential street. So unlike the buildings in other historical photos of Philadelphia, these still stand and continue to be utilized for their original purpose, making the Alley Philly's own time machine—or TARDIS, depending on your level of geekiness.
· History of 114 Elfreth's Alley [Elfreth's Alley]