Philly Block Project

“Grandmother Livewell”

David Livewell is one of our most prolific Archive contributors!¬†This photo shows Stella Knause, aka “Grandmother Livewell,” and a neighborhood child sitting on a horse in South Kensington.

This curious tradition was a “real Philadelphia thing,” David explained. It was common for professional¬†photographers to bring horses around the neighborhood while¬†offering their portraiture services to families. Who knew?