Pennsylvania’s state Capitol building seen from State Street in 1929 and in 2015.
June 17, 2015

Photos: Harrisburg then and now, from Hardscrabble to City Beautiful

Before the City Beautiful movement, Harrisburg was a mess — with antiquated storm water and sewage systems that would drain directly into the river.

Old Main at Penn State University Park campus circa 1912 and 2014.
November 13, 2014

Photos: State College then and now, from farmland to college town

Penn State began as a small agricultural college nearly 160 years ago, intended to teach young men hard work, simplicity, and to improve methods of farming.

The Point in Pittsburgh, Pa. seen from Mount Washington where the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers join to form the Ohio River circa 1900- 1915 (left) and in 2014 (right).
October 24, 2014

Photos: Pittsburgh then and now, from industry to reinvention

In Jack Delano’s black and white photograph, a man makes his way down a steep stairway in the winter toward a mill below.  In the distance, smoke and steam billow from industrial stacks and obscure massive structures along the Allegheny River.  

National House, York, Pa.
October 2, 2014

Photos: Then and Now, York places and faces

The Articles of Confederation, weightlifting, Harley-Davidson, and those sweet peppermint patties are just a few things associated with the city of York, Pennsylvania.

Waterfall at Nay Aug Park, in Scranton, Pa. circa 1890 - 1901 and in 2014.
September 11, 2014

Photos: Then and Now, Scranton places and faces

Before Scranton was known as the home of Dunder Mifflin's branch office, the city was known as the center of Pennsylvania's anthracite coal country.

A view looking west down Columbia Avenue during the 1964 riots (left) and the view looking west down Cecil B. Moore Avenue in 2014.
August 28, 2014

Temple's part in North Philly continues to evolve [photos]

On this 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia race riots, we continue our week's retrospective with David Bartelt, a Temple University professor of geography and urban studies.

Johnstown Pennsylvania in 2014 and after the Great Flood of 1889.
August 7, 2014

Photos: Johnstown then and now, embracing the history of Flood City

In June 1889, newspapers from around the world published sensational headlines that read: “Horrors of Horrors,” “Awful Calamity. Johnstown Wiped Out!” and “Fire Finishes All Left By the Flood.”

Looking south toward downtown Reading from 5th Street and Centre Avenue.
August 21, 2014

Photos: Then and Now, Reading places and faces

Reading, Pennsylvania has a storied and industrial past. Perhaps best known to outsiders as the backdrop of John Updike novels or for lending its namesake to the once booming Reading Railroad.

Chester’s Boyd Theater on opening night in November 1935 and today as Haven of Hope Ministries.
July 3, 2014

Photos: Chester places and faces then and now

On a sticky summer afternoon, passing cars slowed and pedestrians paused to take in the view of more than a hundred T-shirts placed on the front lawn of Chester Eastside Ministries, in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Lancaster Central Market in 1942 (left) and in 2014.
July 17, 2014

Photos: Then and now Lancaster places and faces


More than 70 years ago American photojournalist Marjory Collins documented everyday life of people and places during World War II.


As part of a famous team of photographers for the U.S. Office of War Information, her assignment was to capture “pictures of life as it is” in cities and small town communities on the home front.

Workers keep a careful watch on the open hearth furnaces at the Bethlehem Steel Co. plant. (Image courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
June 26, 2014

Photos: Bethlehem then and now, from steel town to arts community

On a recent summer evening, hundreds of people - lawn chairs and blankets in tow flocked to SteelStacks, a premiere arts campus at the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

A view of Philadelphia’s North Broad Street looking south from Vine Street circa 1910 and right in 2012. (Historical photo courtesy of Arcadia Publishing)
July 10, 2014

Photos: Then and now Philadelphia's North Broad Street

In the late 19th century when Philadelphia was considered the "Workshop of the World," North Broad Street was a grand boulevard lined with impressive mansions and buildings that would become iconic landmarks like the Lorraine Apartments -- now the decrepit Divine Lorraine Hotel -- and the Metropolitan Opera House.

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