1930s Photo Location Revealed
Find out a little about the history of this Ardmore spot.
Last Monday, we asked readers to identify the location of a c. 1930s photo taken somewhere in the Ardmore area. Within a few hours, we had four guesses—and all of them right.
The photo was taken on Cricket Avenue in Ardmore. The building in the distance with the clock—where Primavera Pizza Kitchen now resides—gave it away for some readers. That building, at 7 E Lancaster Ave., is the old home of Merion Title and Trust Co., which was Ardmore's main bank in the late 1800s, according to the Lower Merion Historical Society.
A few more tidbits: Wondering how the street got its name? Well, the Lower Merion Historical Society website had this to say about the sport of cricket in Lower Merion:
The historic sport of cricket has been a part of Lower Merion since it was first played at Haverford College in 1834. In 1865, fifteen young Main Line enthusiasts first played cricket on the grounds of Colonel Owen Jones’ estate in Wynnewood; next on new club property acquired on Cricket Avenue in Ardmore.
As a reader pointed out in the comments, yes, Fish Jewelers did have an Ardmore location, on Cricket Avenue. In the photo in the gallery above, William Fish stands in front of his Cricket Avenue store—though that photo is actually c. 1917, according to BrynMawrPA.org.
For those readers who are Ardmore natives, what do you remember being on this stretch of Cricket Avenue when you were growing up? Tell us in the comments.
Check back Monday morning for a new historical photo challenge.