This photo from Temple University’s Special Collections Research Center shows what the area once looked like. The one still recognizable location is Marra’s, which has been here for almost 90 years.
The shops, the foot traffic and parking meters seem to be pretty consistent with today. But this section of the city has seen some changes, so have the fashions of those in the area (by the way, did anyone else notice that the woman on the left isn’t wearing her shoes?).
Kenny’s Discount Gifts and Costume Jewelry appears to occupy the location at 1718 E. Passyunk Ave., which is currently the home of Headhunters. The facades of the locations have seen improvements, as have the sidewalks with trees now lining the street.