Category Archives: South Philly Safari

The Indefatigable Fig Tree

Italian immigrants probably planted these fig trees in these hardscrabble, concrete back yards generations ago for a taste of the old country. This one is growing from a neighbor’s yard, and despite being harshly pruned and cut to the very … Continue reading

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They Still Exist

…but my guess is not for long. This one looks to be the telephonic equivalent of a dirty gas station toilet. It still had it’s receiver which is extremely rare, but I did not put it to my ear to … Continue reading

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Jefferson Square

Spring has not completely sprung, and the trees are still bare and looking a lot more Halloween than Easter. I pushed the spookiness of the scene a bit with Affinity Photo.

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Is it safe?

Apparently not. Spotted on Ellsworth Street in South Philadelphia.

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Like Spotting Bigfoot

Inexplicably, a phonebooth stands at the corner of 15th and Snyder in South Philadelphia. I haven’t seen one in years and suddenly coming upon one was surprising if not startling. Sadly, the receiver was vandalized so no, it was not … Continue reading

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On Broad Street

Saint Rita of Cascia

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Happy Birthday, Walt Whitman!

We at Willceau Illo News celebrate the 200th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman’s birth with one of the stranger sculptures dedicated to the man. This bizarre Zardoz/Planet of the Apes head of Whitman adorns the entrance of the Whitman Shopping Plaza … Continue reading

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Where Rocky Got Hitched

I just watched Rocky II for the first time in years. In it Rocky makes Adrian an honest woman, and the film makers showed the facade of a Church. I figured it had to be in Philly, but where? A … Continue reading

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Looking South – March Madness

It’s snowing like crazy in Philly, the Boy and I ventured out to buy some snow storm snacks.  Afternoon plans include baking and board games, be safe everyone!

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Looking South – Handle With Care

More handmade sign love at Termini’s Bakery. SaveSave

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