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Miracle On The Delaware

By Wyatt Earp | April 14, 2010

My Uncle Ray sent me this, and if you live anywhere near Philadelphia, you should take a gander for two reasons. First, because the footage (from 1955) is simply amazing. Second, because the audio is a laugh riot, considering no one expected Philadelphia (and Camden, New Jersey) to fall so far in 55 years.

The last Republican mayor of this town was Bernard Samuel, who left office in January of 1952. Philadelphia has been run by the Democrats ever since.

Feel free to draw your own conclusions.

Topics: Philly, Video | 19 Comments »

19 Responses to “Miracle On The Delaware”

  1. Jon Brooks Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 7:49 am

    “Only for the racketeers is there little work”. Yup they must have got elected instead:)

    “Think of all the fun that lies ahead.” LOL

    Dick McCutchen..I must have heard his voice a thousand times in film shorts, documentaries etc. while growing up.
    Wish I had a magic wand to go back there to 1952 to warn them, but a 3 year old screaming..beware the Democrats..beware the Democrats..beware obambi.. probably wouldn’t have gone over to big:)

  2. John D Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    “Feel free to draw your own conclusions.”

    Obviously the poor Democrats inherited such a mess from those Republicans that it’s going to take more than six decades to clean it up.

  3. metoo Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    It just saddens me. I remember as a 7th grader taking the train from lil ole Iowa to Middletown to see my uncle in the Air Force who was stationed hear there at Olmsted. Going past the steel mills at night, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster and of course, Hershey. Such a rich history and now many of the cities are in shambles. Shame on those in charge.

  4. Bitter Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I find it funny that they take such pride in the WPTZ references considering they lost those call letters just a few months later.

  5. Watuschskie Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Obviously, this decline was all Bush & Cheney’s fault.

  6. Randal Graves Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    “Feel free to draw your own conclusions.”

    Nothing from the Democrats is good and the Republicans crap gold.

  7. Miracle on the Delaware | Snowflakes in Hell Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    [...] Wyatt has a very interesting video of Philadelphia in the early 1950s. It’s amazing how quickly things went to crap after that. [...]

  8. Bob G. Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    If I had a DIME for every job lost since the DEMS took over in Philly, I could have retired at the ripe “old” age of 25…!!!
    But, you have to admit…it IS a very nice “welfare state” (now)…just like Camden across the river.

    Guess no one even cares about the downtown historic district these days, but some people DO love South St.
    (just for the wrong reasons)
    Oh, the stories I could tell…

    This slide COULD have been halted, if not slowed down measurably, but wasn’t.

    SO much has changed from the 13 years since I lived there…I know I’d never recognize the place.
    Maybe that’s a GOOD thing, given the current state of affairs.
    (I WILL always miss Tastykakes & cheesesteaks).

    Good video.

  9. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    that’s awesome!!

  10. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Jon – Philly destroyed itself through local politicians more than national ones – although the latter didn’t help.

    John D – Um yeah, that must be it.

    MeToo – PA used to be the kings of steel. Those days are gone forever.

    Bitter – Maybe the video did them in?

    Watuschskie – I blame Kennedy. He never bedded a woman from Philly.

    Randal – See? Now you’re getting it! I thought you figured that out when you ran screaming from this town the first chance you could.

    Bob G – Some of the core Philadelphia corporations would still be here if the city were still business-friendly. It is not, and many of them beat feet. The Historic District in Center City is still worth a trip here, but honestly, not much else.

    And South Street is nothing like it once was.

    Smite – It’s a great video, especially seeing the city during a simpler time.

  11. Bram Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I remember when I was a kid and industry was admired and celebrated. Since the media take over by socialists, you would never see such a piece.

    Today they would cry about pollution, CEO pay versus the dock-workers’, racism, white guys dressed as Indians, and too much money spent on infrastructure instead of social programs.

  12. Robert B. Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Hard to believe we live in the same country.

    I received an e-mail from a friend contrasting the differences between Hiroshima and Detroit 65 years after we dropped the bombs on Japan. Guess which city looks like it was bombed.

  13. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Bram – Eeevil corporations that are only after a profit. Like the media is giving their newspapers away.

    Robert B. – Detroit? Number one with a bullet, evidently.

  14. RT Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Maybe folks need to recognize that day of repose and reflection once again, with pure hearts. Just a thought.

    That really depressed me. When my mom and I would take trains into Philly, she’d tell he how wonderful Camden once was as the train we were riding in went by the shells of homes with trees growing through them. Sad.

  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    RT – I make jokes, because that’s all I can do to not scream. The truth of the matter is that I have to stand by while this city destroys itself, and the people in charge don’t give a rat’s arse. If I didn’t love the city, I would have left.

  16. Picky Says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Leavittown: ….and they’re all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same. It all started there.

  17. Picky Says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Also, I found it interesting to see that people dressed up in suits and ties for a football game. My how times have changed.

  18. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Picky – Now, apparently shirts are optional. In Philly, they’re optional for men AND women!

  19. Picky Says:
    April 16th, 2010 at 1:46 am

    I thought it was only Jets girls that took their shirts off at games….Eggles do it too? We don’t have any o’ them shenanigans here in Indy.