NEast History: Frankford Friends in 1960

Every Friday, will bring you NEast History, a historical photograph, story or account from the storied past of Northeast Philadelphia. See others here.

Here on Sept. 21, 1960, children play and a mother walks her daughter away from the Frankford Friends meeting house, which still stands as the Frankford Friends School.

This shot is taken on Orthodox Street looking south, just east of its intersection with Penn Street. It’s amazing how little has changed in almost 50 years – even today’s fence looks similar.

Below, see some other photos and a video of some work students are doing at Frankford Friends today.

Looking southeast at Penn and Overington streets in September 1960.

The Media Education Lab at Temple University, whose mission is to improve media literacy education through scholarship and community, has done work at the Frankford Friends, using an application called “My Pop Studio” to teach media literacy.


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