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Philadelphia Record World War II servicemen photographs


Held at: Historical Society of Pennsylvania [Contact Us]1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

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Overview and metadata sections

Founded in 1877, the Philadelphia Record long held standing as one the Philadelphia area’s most esteemed newspapers. Initially owned by William Singerly, the paper was purchased by the locally prominent Wanamaker family in 1898 and then by newspaper magnate J. David Stern in 1928.

In the 1930s, competition stiffened between the Record and its primary morning competitor, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in 1947 the Record went out of business, ultimately selling its assets to the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.

Almost 1.25 million Pennsylvanians served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. As one of the leading newspapers serving the Philadelphia region, the Philadelphia Record regularly published photographs and articles about local servicemen. In the process, staff for the newspaper compiled a photograph file that they maintained for reference purposes as well as publication.

The collection consists of approximately 7500 black and white photographs (2.2 linear feet). Each photograph, at minimum, lists the name of each serviceman on verso in pencil. Some photographs also contain the additional information of next of kin. The photographs are either provided by the military or are candid images taken by Record or other photographers such as next of kin. Some photographs have further background on the image and, in some cases, are attached to the article in which the photograph originally appeared.

The photographs are in individual envelopes arranged alphabetically by last name.

Gift of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 5 July 1951.

Processing made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this finding aid do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kristina Wilson.
Finding Aid Date
; 2015.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Award # MA-31-14-0178-14.
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Collection Inventory

Abari - Brovey.
Box 1
Brown - Davis, Robert.
Box 2
Davis, Russell - Fordyce.
Box 3
Forgeng - Harding, J.
Box 4
Harding, L. - Keller, F.
Box 5
Keller, J. - Lynch, E.
Box 6
Lynch, J. - Montgomery, T.
Box 7
Montufer - Porter.
Box 8
Porth - Serratore.
Box 9
Sevi - Tuft.
Box 10
Tull - Zulian.
Box 11

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