Trotters Alley



“B. SCHAPIRO & BRO.”
What seems to be spools of thread below (?)


“DELIVERIES” with arrow
On the opposite wall of the blue brick alley

Trotters Alley, 3rd at Filbert Street [map]

Unsure of authenticity, may have been painted for the movie “Beloved.” Both signs are clearly visible in two scenes in the movie. The location is the alley that leads to Oprah Winfrey’s character Sethe’s back door entrance to her job in Cincinnati. Period-correct signage, even simulated ghost signs, painted specifically for movies or TV shows, are not all that uncommon.


However, in this photo taken in 1929, you can see some signage on the inside of the alleyway.

PhillyHistory.org. Philadelphia Department of Records. 27 November 2007. <http://www.phillyhistory.org>.



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