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Dr. Harry C. Silcox and Jack McCarthy in their “Living in the past” column in the Northeast Times this week talk about the history of Mayfair.  It’s an interesting story and you can read it here.

A few years ago, I stumbled over this video about Mayfair.  It’s interesting to see now with the passage of time.  After you read the article, come back and go to this link and play the video.

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Center for Northeast Philadelphia History

Diane Prokop of the Northeast Times reports this week on the recent meeting of the Center for Northeast Philadelphia History at Trinity Church Oxford.

The CNEPH is an outgrowth of the Historical Society of Frankford, whose mission since 1905 has been to preserve and present the history of Northeast Philadelphia.
CNEPH’s initial goals were to sponsor a Web site through which individuals and organizations can post materials, publicize events and communicate; provide a central repository where archival materials and information on Northeast Philadelphia history are preserved and made available to the public; sponsor periodic meetings enabling participants to network and learn about one another’s activities; and sponsoring cooperative public programs that help to preserve and promote the area’s history.

Become a history buff . . .
For more information about Trinity Church, Oxford, visit
For more information about the Historical Society of Frankford, visit
For more information about Friends of the Lower Dublin Academy, visit

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Impact of aviation on Northeast Philadelphia

Dr. Harry C. Silcox and Jack McCarthy bring us this final installment on the history of avaition in Northeast Philadelphia in the Northeast Times.  It puts into context some of my childhood memories of driving up the Boulevard and stopping at the airport to look around.

The proposed Lincoln Airport was something new to me and adds to the picture of the development in that area.  I believe the boulevard was the route of the old Lincoln Highway which was the first national highway.  It was the perfect place to put what they wanted to become a major airport for the future.  However, those plans did not come to be.  Read the entire story here and thanks harry and Jack.