City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa.

City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., Masonic Temple in Left Foreground

This is a Curteich “C.T. Art-Colortone”, number 3A-H575, published in 1933 — but not used until 1941. “City Hall covers an area of 4½ acres and has a floor space of 14½ acres (that’s over 630,000 square feet — Ed.). The height of the tower is 548 feet and the width of the base is 90 feet. The site upon which the building stands was originally Center Square and was, early in the 19th century, the site of the original water works.” At the top of the tower is a statue of William Penn. Until about 25 years ago, it was illegal to construct any buildings higher than old Billy Penn.

“Bill” writes from the train station on December 23, 1941: “Dearest Marian, Am waiting for the 4:01 A.M. train for New York so I thought I would drop you a line. Good-by for now. Love Bill.” What’s interesting is that, only a couple of weeks after Pearl Harbor, the card (from which someone scavenged the stamp) already has a “Buy Defense Savings Bonds and Stamps” postmark.

Bill is brief and to the point.

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