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UNITED STATES: CITIES: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA : BOOK STORES : HISTORY : RESTAURANTS : PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: LEARY'S BOOKSTORE AND OTHER PHILADELPHIA GEMS FROM DAYS GONE BY

David P. Dillard
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UNITED STATES: CITIES: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA :

BOOK STORES :

HISTORY :

RESTAURANTS :

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION :

LEARY'S BOOKSTORE AND OTHER PHILADELPHIA GEMS FROM DAYS GONE BY


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If we turn the clock back, way back, in Philadelphia and go to 9th Street between Market and Chestnut, surrounded
by the Gimbel's Department Store, was Leary's Book Store.  We can see a much different way of marketing and
selling books. All transactions on the selling floor were actually by the accounting department which received and
returned the transactions via pneumatic tubes.


Leary's book store

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leary%27s_book_store

From Wikipedia,
Leary’s Book Store bookmark.

Leary’s Book Store was a landmark in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for nearly one hundred years.
In 1969, when it closed, it was known as the “oldest book store in the United States.”

Contents

Business

Leary’s Book Store was in the business of buying and selling used books. It purchased large collections of books
from private libraries and offered them individually for sale. It claimed to have "twenty thousand square feet of books,
representing nearly five hundred thousand volumes."

There is evidence Leary’s Book Store also published books, such as:

  • The Talmud: Selections from the Contents of that Ancient Book, Its Commentaries, Teachings, Poetry, and Legends.
    Also, Brief Sketches of the Men who made and commented upon it.

    Translated from the Original By H. Polano, Philadelphia: Leary's Book Store, 1876.
  • Leary's Ready Reckoner: Form Book & Wages Calculator. Philadelphia: Leary, Stuart & Co., 1904.

Location

Leary’s Book Store was located in the heart of the downtown district of Philadelphia at 9 South 9th Street,
a short distance from Market Street.

The very large Gimbel’s Department Store occupied the corner of 9th and Market, and the relatively tiny Leary’s Book Store
on 9th Street was separated from it by a small cobble stoned alleyway.

Leary’s Book Store was contained in a large three-story building with basement and sloped roof. The building consisted
of three floors and a basement full of books. On the third floor, an opening in the floor allowed a view of the mezzanine
down below.

Additional books were placed outside on shelves on the Leary’s side of the alleyway separating it from Gimbels.
Some provision was made to shelter the books and the readers in the alley way, but, most of the time, the books and browsers,
suffered the inclemency of the outdoor Philadelphia weather.

Throughout the building, numerous used books were everywhere: on wall shelves and piled high on tables for readers to browse
through. The policy of the bookstore was not to interfere with readers and browsers, but simply to direct customers to their areas
of interest if asked.


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Leary's had everything from used magazines to rare books and if I remember correctly, the prices of merchandise increased as the number of the floor increased.

Four blocks away was the Wanamaker's Department Store with an excellent
book department of its own and a source of recordings as this store has the world's only store pipe organ which is also the world'd largest.


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Oh and before you leave downtown, do not forget to have a meal or a cup of coffee at a Horn and Hardart's restaurant or automat.

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But now it is time to go to the reading terminal to take the train home.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22reading+terminal%22

OR the subway

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