Reminding Philadelphia of ‘Forgotten Tales’

A sewer worker is swept away by a flash flood through Philadelphia sewers. A man storms into a Philadelphia synagogue wielding a snake. And the city outlaws the beating of tambourines.

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A sewer worker is swept away by a flash flood through Philadelphia sewers. A man storms into a Philadelphia synagogue wielding a snake. And the city outlaws the beating of tambourines.

As far as we can tell, all of these things actually happened, and they’re catalogued, along with dozens of other strange occurrences, in a book called “Forgotten Tales of Philadelphia,” published earlier this year by The History Press.

In the first of our week of interviews on books about the Delaware Valley from this past year, NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller talks with brothers Thomas and Edward White, who collaborated on the collection of very short stories about the city.

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