1930s Photo Location Revealed

Find out a little about the history of this Ardmore spot.

Last Monday, we asked readers totaken 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 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.

Radnortownship September 09, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I had no idea that Fish Jewelers had an Ardmore location.
Amanda Mahnke September 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
They did! I added a bit more information about that in the article; that photo is actually c. 1917, according to BrynMawrPA.org. Here's a history of the business: http://brynmawrpa.org/BrynMawr100/14_brnmwr100_jfishjewelers.html


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