PHILADELPHIA ORIGINALS Fall 2009
2009- Schiffer Publishing and Joseph Glantz release a collection of “Philadelphia Originals”, which features 13 of Milou’s iconic Philadelphia images.
Seeking the Many Styles of Philadelphia http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs060/1106251286369/archive/1109157201649.html
In the introduction to Philadelphia Originals, Joseph Glantz C’74 describes his book as an “impressionist look at the city.” Given that impressionist usually suggests a style of painting, and thatPhiladelphia Originals offers a dazzling array of illustrations, we were a little surprised when he told us that his original idea was to “do a sports book on how the play of the Big Five basketball schools mirrored the philosophy of the schools.”
Glantz explained that he expanded his scope after digging into E. Digby Baltzell W’39 Hon’89’s classic sociological study, Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia, which he describes as a “wonderful examination of how, historically, Boston was a more theoretical city while Philadelphia was more experimental.” Intrigued by the implications of such patterns, Glantz began compiling examples of a “Philadelphia style” across various professions, disciplines, and arts.
When it came to music, for example, he drew on his youthful memories of Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, then famous for its lush “Philadelphia Sound” (a moniker that was later reconfigured into the Sound of Philadelphia, the trademark soul style of producers Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell). As other examples of a “Philadelphia style” emerged, he became convinced that examining those patterns was the way to go—though he also found room for such outliers as the Mummers Parade.
“I wanted to use art and stories to illustrate the patterns,” Glantz says, “and to show my theories had some credence.”—S.H.