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Throwback Thursday: Cobblers in Place of John F. Collins Park

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Welcome to Throwback Thursday! You'se know the deal by now, we're going to show you an old timey photo and tell you a little more about what it was and also what it currently is. Have some old pictures of Philadelphia you'd like to share? Shoot us an email with the picture and brief desciption, we'd love to feature them!

You may recall that we're smack dab in the middle of something we call Outdoors Week and recently mapped 11 Unsung and Underrated Parks in the city. We're going waaaay back for this one — all the way to 1946! Well, believe it or not, this Morris Wax Shoes store on Chestnut Street is currently the entrance to John F. Collins Park. Not much is known about the shoe store but we sincerely hope that iconic-looking sign has found a home somewhere. Collins park was dedicated on June 5th 1979 and is a slice of respite for those in Center City looking to get out of the hustle and bustle, especially if you're around Liberty Place. Today, the park features a fountain that gives a nod to Native American totems and also two incredible metal gates, the Wissahickon Gate and the Estuary Gate, that give the park its wonderful character.

· Historic Pictures of Philadelphia [Phillyhistory.org]
· Outdoors Week Coverage [Curbed Philly]