Regarding the image I slapped onto Pete Smith's item last week on the Third Philadelphia Mint building, Tom DeLorey writes:
Um, isn't that illustration the SECOND Philadelphia Mint?
Dave Lange writes:
Let me join who will likely be the many persons pointing out that the photo of the "Third Philadelphia Mint" actually depicts the Second Mint, which was demolished in 1903.
Um, yeah, about that... At this point my father in law would declare, "Same difference!" I don't know exactly what that means anyway, so I won't say it. But I agree that there's a big difference between the Second and Third mint buildings, and I totally flubbed when I grabbed an image to illustrate the article. Sorry!
Devoted and careful reader Kay Olson Freeman writes:
You showed a photo of the demolished 2nd Philadelphia Mint, which was located Chestnut and Juniper Streets. Back in May 2010, we had a discussion of the present location of its rescued six Ionic columns.
Pete Smith visited the 3rd Philadelphia Mint on Spring Garden Street from where the glass mosaics were taken to adorn the present 4th Mint.
Paul Gilkes was quoted in the September 9, 2012 E-Sylum as saying the glass mosaics were executed under the direction of "Louis B. Tiffany." The correct name is "Louis C. Tiffany" or Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Dave Hirt writes:
The item on the third Philadelphia mint on Spring Garden Street brought back memories to me. As a boy I went there to buy proof sets. A guard at the door would ask you "What do you want"? If the answer was to buy proof sets, he would direct you up a flight of stairs to a window where the proof sets were sold. As I remember the limit at that time was five sets.
Heath MacAlpine writes:
When I was in Philadelphia for the ANA convention in August, I hopped in the car and toured the sites of the various mints over the years. The first mint site is now occupied by a very large mid/late 20th century federal building, and the second mint site is the home of an early 20th century department store building, now a Macy's. I've attached some pics I took of the still standing third mint, now part of a larger community college complex.
Thanks! Look more familiar, Pete?
Thanks also to Mark Borckardt for catching the error.
To read the complete article, see:
A VISIT TO THE THIRD PHILADELPHIA MINT BUILDING
Wayne Homren, Editor
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